SOURCE: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

January 25, 2007 14:11 ET

Britannica Publishes New Student Encyclopedia

Major New Print Set Gives Elementary Grades Lively Introduction to Research

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 25, 2007 -- Students in grades three through six will have a lively new way to do research when the all-new Britannica Student Encyclopedia is published this winter.

Prepared by the editorial department at Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., it represents the first new multivolume print encyclopedia from a major publisher in recent years and is designed to provide a reference work of contemporary substance and style for today's students in the elementary grades.

Containing 2,300 articles, 3,300 photos and images, and 1,000 maps and flags, the 16-volume set gives students what they need for homework and projects while making special efforts to introduce them to the craft of research.

The set makes extensive use of charts, tables and fact boxes to help readers find key information quickly. Articles are clearly divided into sections to make browsing easy, and page design is colorful, open and pleasing to the eye.

"Today's students are the most demanding in history when it comes to wanting information quickly and expecting it to be interesting and digestible," said Michael Ross, a senior vice president at Britannica and general manager of the company's education division. "There's nothing on the market that combines the kind of broad coverage, lively writing and presentation and rich graphical design that kids expect from reference books today. That's why we created this encyclopedia."

Ross said that while Britannica is primarily a digital publisher today, print still has a big role in education, and the company stays close to educators to understand what they need. The elementary grades, he said, are when students really use reference works for the first time, and it's important that their first experiences with research be pleasant and fruitful.

The new encyclopedia rounds out Britannica's portfolio of multivolume learning and reference sets, which now covers the needs of everyone from preschool to adults. The other sets include Britannica Discover Library (ages 3-6), My First Britannica (ages 6-11), Compton's by Britannica (ages 10 to 17) and the print edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (late high school, college and adult).

Britannica Student Encyclopedia is now available for purchase. Interested schools and libraries can go to or call 1-800-621-3900.

About Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. ( is a leader in reference and education publishing whose products can be found in many media, from the Internet to cell phones to books. A pioneer in electronic publishing since the early 1980s, the company still publishes the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, along with services such as Britannica Online School Edition and new printed products such as Britannica Discovery Library. Britannica's editorial operation is overseen by some of the world's most distinguished scholars, several of them Nobel laureates. The company makes its headquarters in Chicago.

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