6/1 Tech Talk: Encyclopedia Britannica Online

NOTE: This week’s Tech Talk will likely only apply to Wisconsin teachers with access the Badgerlink.

This week’s Tech Talk is: Encyclopedia Britannica Online

When researching topics with elementary students, it is always good to provide them with trusted resources rather than just allow them to “surf the net” in hopes that they find something. More often than not, they end up on Wikipedia, and although the site DOES provide some great information, it should not be used as a primary source for research. Encyclopedia Britannica Online (EBO) is a fantastic resource for research and is a FREE tool available through Badgerlink. To access EBO, head to our Westwood Library Page. From there, click on Badgerlink, and then scroll down until you see Encyclopedia Britannica. Click on the Elementary School Edition to head to the website. (Upper elementary teachers may also like the Middle School Edition.) Once you are on the site, use the search engine to research your topic. One of the greatest things about EBO is that it provides the citation at the bottom of the article. This is a great way to begin teaching the importance of citing sources. There is also a Spanish translator available if you have any ELL students. Click HERE for a guided tour of EBO if you would like more information about its features! Please let me know if you need any help with the site!

Have a FANTASTIC summer!


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