Features of the Online Encyclopedia Britannica
Most people are familiar with the multi-volume Encyclopedia Britannica from their public library. Searching through the Encyclopedia Britannica, they could find information on almost any topic imaginable, and if they were lucky, pictures and graphs would be included in the entry.
In addition to the practical information, Britannica’s online edition has a wealth of extra information to take your research beyond the basic encyclopedia article. On the far left side of the page (labeled as number two in the picture below), there is a box entitled “Content Related to this Topic” that is an index for all of the images, media, and links found within the article. This entry for Twain contains 14 photographs, 23 related links, and even one video of Mark Twain! Below that box (labeled number three) is a table of contents for the entire article that will skip to each section of the article without having to scroll through each page. Area number four of the main page of the entry is the main article. Finally, the fifth area (“Expand Your Research”) of the online encyclopedia is that it links to full-text journal articles, online searches that are geared specifically for help in researching the subject, and primary source documents, which for the Mark Twain entry will allow the researcher to view some of Twain’s short stories.