Britannica for FE Combined Agreement 2018-2021

  • Start: 1 Aug 2018
    Expiry: 31 Jul 2021
  • Description:

    Britannica Original Sources is a database of over 420,000 historical documents from across a wide variety of topics and time periods. Britannica Academic is an easy-to-navigate platform hosting over 100,000 articles along with full-text journal articles, primary sources and e-books and over 52,000 images, videos and other multimedia. Britannica ImageQuest is an online library of over three million rights-cleared images from more than 60 of the world's image libraries. Collections include National Geographic, Newscom, National History Museum, Getty Images and other leading names. Content is suitable for GSCE, AS/A Level/Scottish Higher National, undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational studies.

Product overview

Britannica's content is selected by a dedicated editorial team of over 100 people, whose work is supplemented by content written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators and professors. It serves as a current and comprehensive resource for college-level learners, researchers, and faculty.

For more information on Britannica's editorial process, please see the following video: Britannica Editorial Process

Britannica Academic is an easy-to-navigate platform hosting over 100,000 articles along with full-text journal articles, primary sources and e-books and over 52,000 images, videos and other multimedia.

Key features

  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® is a built-in dictionary and thesaurus that allows users to click on any word to see its definition and a full list of synonyms. An audio pronunciation feature is also enabled which can provide support to ESL students
  • "My Research" allows faculty and students to manage all of their research content in one place. With this feature, articles can be organised into packs and saved to a personal account at any time while logged into the site
  • The interactive World Atlas provides access to detailed maps and country data simultaneously
  • Citations are included at the end of each article make easy referencing a key benefit of using Britannica Academic at Further and Higher education level

The Biography Browse and primary resources support research projects and presentations.

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EB accessibility page



  • What is the maximum font size and does text re-flow when you enlarge the font? This is dictated by the user’s browser features


  • Can a user change background/foreground colours or contrasts? How? Not available


  • Are there keyboard-only equivalents for all mouse actions? Where could I find a list? Are there short cut keys to reduce tabbing round links? Not available


  • Is text marked up so it can be navigated in a meaningful way (for example by heading level)? Yes, all articles contain hyperlinks to relevant articles, and longer articles have a contents page at the top which links to relevant chapters further down in the article


  • Can text be selected and read by text-to-speech tools? Yes


  • Are text descriptions available for all relevant graphics and images? Yes


  • Where can I find guidance for all these features? Help files are available within each of the resources


Via IP, UK Access Management Federation, username and password, library card number as a password.

Full text linking

Available using the relevant URL or citation tool.

Marc records

Not available.

Metadata standards

Content held within ImageQuest is tagged using the Information Management and Retrieval System (IMARS). IMARS is custom built by Britannica to provide reliable and consistent taxonomic metadata for the large, varied and continually expanding content collections.

Currently the metadata contained within the Britannica educational databases can be accessed in a user-centric way.

Post search options

Following a search query, users are presented with a variety of options to filter their Images, including by size, orientation and collection house.

Search options

Britannica provides an Amazon 9 OpenSearch API protocol to enhance third party federated searching. This "Open Search" allows for direct querying of Britannica content through tools including EBSCO discovery.

Usage statistics

Usage statistics are offered in a COUNTER compliant format. They are available via username and password, or on request.

Login information

Administrative support

Lily Stokoe
0207 500 7824

Subscription help

Technical support

Adrian Murray
0207 500 7800

Training materials

Demonstrations are available to book by visiting or by contacting Lily Stokoe at

User support

Lily Stokoe
0207 500 7824