Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Keep searching Encyclopedia Britannica through our Library subscription!


By now most of you have probably heard about the demise of the print version of Encyclopedia Britannica. After 244 years, Britannica has ceased producing print volumes for bookshelves. (You can read about it in the New York Times here.)

This does not mean there will be no Encyclopedia Britannica though. Britannica will still be available in an electronic web based format. You can subscribe for $70 per year OR you can use the HIU library subscription (current HIU students/faculty/staff only).

If you haven't already tried out the electronic web based version of EB, you really should. Here is just some of what you can do using the web based subscription version ...

Search:
  • Look up something specific using the search box or the advanced search screen
Browse by:
  • A-Z topic list
  • Biographies
  • Quotations
  • Magazine titles
  • Media Collection
  • Primary Sources and more ...
Use included Research Tools:
  • Compare Countries
  • This Day in History
  • Timeline
  • World Atlas
  • World Data Analyst
Link to:
  • Other EB articles
  • Magazine articles
  • Primary sources
  • Ebooks
  • Relevant websites
  • News articles via the BBC News feed
I must admit that I am feeling a bit nostalgic about this loss of an old print standard, but even this nostalgic librarian enjoys using the web based subscription version. Try it out yourself!

Instructions:
  1. Go to http://library.hiu.edu
  2. Click the Research Databases tab
  3. Using the "Select a subject area" drop box, choose Reference Resources
  4. Choose Encyclopedia Britannica from the list
  5. Login using your HIU email and password

1 comment:

Lindsey Sinnott said...

Encyclopedia Britannica also has a mobile version. If you browse to the link following the instructions above, it will auto-detect mobile devices and redirect you to the mobile version!