Reference publisher Encyclopedia Britannica has launched Britannica Online School Edition, a web-based reference product suitable for all K-12 researchers. The School Edition enables students to search through three sets of encyclopedias, each geared toward different age groups: elementary, middle, and high school.

The product features access to more than 115,000 articles, 24,000 biographies, and a student dictionary and thesaurus. But unlike anything found in books, the online encyclopedia also gives students access to historical multimedia videos and sounds. Students can search through more than 2,600 videos of famous speeches and world events. The site also includes access to world atlases and detailed maps of 196 countries, as well as worksheets, lesson plans, and special features on topics such as Black History or Shakespeare.

Britannica Online School Edition is available to schools through an annual subscription fee; for pricing, contact the company directly.

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