Searching Britannica Online for Kids can lead you to a wealth of information. After entering your search term and clicking the “Go” button (or hitting the Enter key on your keyboard), you will be taken to the Search Results page. We search the entire text of the encyclopedias as well as magazine articles, videos, and thousands of Web site reviews written by our world-class editors.
Searching for the word “kiwi” will provide numerous search results, as shown in the image above. To the left side of the search results page is the content source which includes Britannica articles, content from journals and magazines and a dictionary and thesaurus.
Under the content source there are different sub categories to click on to view results from that database. More information about each of the subcategories can be found below.
Student Encyclopedia – Compton’s By Britannica: For Middle School Students and up.
Children’s Encyclopedia – Britannica Elementary: For Elementary School Students and up.
Media – Multimedia
Web Sites – Web sites selected and reviewed by Britannica Editors.
The results from the additional content are pulled from various databases outside of the Encyclopedia Britannica content.
Ebsco – A selection of magazines and journals
You can also search from Merriam-Webster content.
Dictionary – The definitions are from the Merriam-Webster Student Dictionary.
Thesaurus – The synonyms are from the Merriam-Webster Student Thesaurus.
In the Image above you can see that the Student Encyclopedia on the left is highlighted. This means that the search results in the middle of the page are from that database.
Search results are ranked to ensure that the closest match to the word or phrase you searched appears at or near the top of the list. Encyclopedia articles with all your search terms in the title appear first, followed by articles with all the terms in the text of the article. Next are listed articles with any of your search terms in the title, followed by those with any of the terms in the text of the article.