Spotlights

The Britannica Spotlights feature offers in-depth coverage on a specific topic, with articles and media handpicked by Britannica editors.

 

 

Here is a summary of the Spotlights found on the Britannica home page:

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica's Guide to the Nobel Prizes

Britannica presents entries on every individual and institution that was awarded the honour since the program's inception in 1901. The guide focuses on Alfred Nobel the man, his will that established the award, and the prizes named for him. It details the selection process and the various prize-awarding bodies and provides tables that list the recipients alphabetically, by year, and by prize category. Encyclopaedia Britannica is proud of its link to the Nobel Prizes. More than 100 Nobelists have contributed writings to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and some of the contributions of these luminaries are reproduced in this feature.

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica's Guide to Hispanic Heritage in the Americas

Long before the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 15th century, indigenous peoples inhabited the Americas for thousands of years, rich with their own languages, cultures, and innovations. After the subsequent Spanish conquest and colonization, a new cultural heritage developed--one that combined elements from the indigenous cultures of the Americas with that of Spain. This feature explores the people, places, events, and traditions that have shaped--and continue to shape--the vibrant Hispanic culture that thrives today in South, Central, and North America.

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica's Guide to Shakespeare

Britannica examines the Shakespeare legacy from Elizabethan England to the present day. Among the site's features are learning activities and a quiz, articles on various Shakespearean studies, one modern and two early biographies of Shakespeare, information on other Elizabethan writers and the world that Shakespeare inhabited, plots for each of Shakespeare's plays and brief descriptions of their major characters, an extensive filmography, and more than 50 audio and video recordings.

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica Profiles 300 Women Who Changed the World

Britannica highlights 300 women whose actions and ideas influenced history. Follow the illustrated timeline to identify developments in the lives of women since antiquity. Read quotes, essays, and speeches that include an actress's lively memoirs and the spiritual concerns of a future saint. Watch video clips, use the learning activities to take an in-depth view of women's achievements, or read articles on topics such as feminism and the history of Mother's Day.

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica Profiles: The American Presidency

Britannica's presentation of the American Presidency includes biographies and portraits of all the presidents, vice presidents, and first ladies; a full tally of electoral and popular votes (including mapped state-by-state results of each election); special essays on the presidency, first lady, and White House; articles on political parties and the electoral process; primary source documents (including inaugural addresses and other famous speeches and writings); campaign memorabilia; and audio and video clips.

 

Normandy 1944

Britannica presents the epic story of D-Day and the Allied liberation of Paris during World War II. A dramatic narrative by historian John Keegan is supplemented by more than 200 articles, numerous interactive maps, and hours of newsreel clips, radio broadcasts, and personal histories.

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica's Guide to Black History

Britannica presents a vast array of articles, hundreds of images, and a wide assortment of audio clips, film clips, and multimedia presentations. A timeline traces two millennia of black history, and browse features enable readers to pinpoint the central people, places, topics, and events covered in black history. Image and multimedia galleries provide snapshots of black culture throughout the ages.

 

Reflections on the Holocaust

Britannica examines the dark chapter in history known as the Holocaust. This feature is divided into five parts, covering everything from the origins of the Holocaust in the mind of Adolf Hitler to the legacy of the horror in art and memory. Long-debated controversies are also discussed, such as the response of the Allies and of the Christian church. There are videos, photographs, and discussion questions written especially for teachers and classroom use.

 

All About Oscar

With hundreds of photographs and entries on all the major awards, Britannica's guide to the Academy Awards takes you on a year-by-year tour of the award-winning movies and their stars. This special interactive feature includes decade overviews and a guessing game on quotations from Hollywood's most memorable films.