An article page can be as brief as a paragraph or as long as an entire book, with many sections. Use the information in this section to learn how to efficiently navigate and/or edit an article page.
The article page features the same header as other Britannica pages. Clicking on the Britannica logo in the upper left corner will return you to the Britannica Online Premium home page.
In the upper right corner, you will find the following:
Click “My Account” and you will be redirected to the Account page, where you will find all your account details. Clicking on the “Logout” link will end your session. For more information about account types, click here.
Articles can be viewed in two ways. You can manually scroll up and down the article text using the scroll bar on the right side of the screen or using the scroll wheel on your mouse. You can also use the Table of Contents tool, which is found at the upper right of the article window.
You can go directly to sections of the article with the Table of Contents tool. By default, this list is displayed in a “collapsed” format, with only major article headings visible. To see all article headings and subheadings, click the “Expand” button in the upper right corner. Using your mouse, highlight and click on the section you would like to view.
Within the article text, some words and phrases appear in underlined blue font:
These words and phrases link to other Britannica articles on those topics. Click on any of these links and you will be taken directly to those article pages.
The Videos, Images, & Audio tool allows you to view videos and pictures and to listen to audio selections related to the article. This media data is available via the left and right scrolling carousel at the top of the article page.
Use the arrows on the left and right sides of the panel to move left and right through the list of media content. Images, video and audio content can be selected via the tabs at the top of the tool. Click on the thumbnail to play these video or audio files or to enlarge the photos.
You will also find the same media content in-line with the text of the article.
Below the table of contents, on the right side of the article page, related Britannica article content is presented. Related Articles are Britannica articles that are in some way connected to your current subject. There is a window for each of the following categories:
People - Historical figures associated with this subject.
Places - Locations associated with this subject.
Topics - A selection of items (artistic styles or groups, constructions, events, fictional characters, organizations, publications) associated with this subject.
If there are more related articles in the each category than can be displayed, a “See More” link will be available. Clicking this link will open a window with a complete list of related articles.
Following the article text, you will find a listing of additional resources including:
Year in Review articles found in Britannica
Quotations (if applicable)
Spotlights (if applicable)
External Web Sites
Other Britannica Sites - May require separate subscription for full access.
Citations - How to cite the article in MLA, APA, Harvard and Chicago Manual of Style formats.
You may access the Table of Contents for the article by clicking the icon in the upper right corner of each section.
You may also suggest new publications to be included in the bibliography, and new web sites for inclusion, buy using the submit buttons at the bottom of the applicable section. These buttons open forms to enter information about the material being submitted, for review by our editorial staff.
At the top of the article page you will find the Article Tool Bar and Social Networking toolbar.
This link opens a window listing the owner and contributors of the article. For more information on a contributor, click on the contributor’s name to view the corresponding Britannica profile page.
When you click this link, a new window will open that lists recent updates and/or changes to the article you are viewing.
The Article History display lists updates in reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent update. The panel also includes the date of the update, the name of the contributor making the update, the type of update, and a brief description.
The type of update is indicated by an icon.
- Indicates an update to the article text.
- Indicates an update to the media content.
- Indicates an update to a Web link.
For more information on a contributor, click on the contributor’s name to view the Britannica profile page.
Click the printer icon to print an article or section of an article. When you click the printer icon, a new window will open where you can select which sections of the article you want to print:
To select the portions of the article you want to print, click the box to the left of the section title. To print the entire article, click the “Check All” link. Then, click the “Print” button to begin printing the article or article sections.
The envelope icon allows you to share articles with friends via e-mail. Click on this icon and a new window will open.
In the To field, enter the e-mail address of the person you want to share this article with. The From field is for the sender’s information. The Subject field allows you to personalize the e-mail subject line. In the comments box, you can create a personal message for the recipient. Click the “Send” button to send the article.
When you click the Share link, a smaller window will open that provides information on how to create a permanent link to the article and how to share the full text with the readers of your Web site or blog post.
Text Size Adjustment
If you need to adjust the font size of the text, use the icons to adjust the article font size to your liking. The font size on the article page will either increase or decrease, depending on which icon is clicked.
Britannica has buttons to reference your current article to your online community.
There are three buttons:
Google Plus – Share the article with your Google+ community
Twitter – Share the article with your Twitter followers
Facebook – Share the article with your Facebook community
The Submit Contribution link will create a new document using the text of the current Britannica article, which can be edited for submission to the Britannica editors. The Britannica editors will review these submissions for future revisions of the article.
Editing tools, such as special text features (bold, italic, special characters, etc), entry of tables and web links, bullet points and numbered lists, are accessed via the control panel in the upper right of your screen.
Hover over each icon for a brief description of it’s function.