Resource of the Month
July 2006

Each month WSU Libraries' Department of Collection Development features a "Resource of the Month" designed to highlight some of the library's new, interesting, under-used, large, unique, or otherwise noteworthy collections and resources.  You can learn more about the "Resource of the Month" on this website, from the display in the reference area, by attending a workshop (if available), or by contacting the Reference Desk at 978-3584.

If you are interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month," check the archive.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online provides access to multiple resources from one location.  Search results include encyclopedia articles, related web sites, multimedia, and much more.  A pop-up Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus are only a mouse-click away.  Citations appear at the bottom of each article.

Upcoming Workshops

No workshops are scheduled at this time.

How Do I Access Encyclopaedia Britannica Online?

There is a link on the WSU Libraries' website under Electronic Resources / Electronic Databases.  You have the option of looking for it under the subject links or the alphabetic links (  If you are accessing the Encyclopaedia Britannica Online from off-campus you will be prompted to enter your Shocker Card number and PIN number for authentication purposes.

Why Should I Use Encyclopaedia Britannica Online?

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers the depth of coverage of an encyclopedia combined with the power and breadth of the Internet which makes searching for information more complete and easier.  Articles include an interactive Table of Contents, page numbers, and section headings to help orient users within each article.  Citation information is available at the bottom of each article.

Two features of Encyclopaedia Britannica add value to the research experience: Gateway to the Classics and the online "Workspace."  Gateway to the Classics provides an introduction to significant works of history, literature, philosophy, and science.  The online "Workspace" tool is ideal for collecting and storing material for research projects.  Use this tool to organize the citations, web links, video clips, articles, and images related to your topic.

Features of Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

  • Over 75,000 articles from the Encyclopaedia Britannica, including 23,000 biographies.
  • Magazines and News headlines
  • Gateway to the Classics
  • Access 166,000 web sites selected by Britannica editors for additional quality information.
  • Over 27,000 images and maps
  • 3,300 animations, videos, and audio files
  • Extensive World Atlas
  • Britannica Online Workspace

Related Websites

For assistance with Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, contact Wichita State University Libraries' Reference Desk at 978-3584.

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