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General: Biographical information on a wide range of people, living and dead. More than 525,000 individuals from 170+ award-reference titles. 50,000 new or updated bios added annually in addition to daily updates for awards and events. Integrated reference material, periodical information and multimedia content. Hundreds of hand-crafted topic pages covering the highest-interest features.


Periodical database for students in junior high and middle school. Magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

General: Search or browse for information in Compton's encyclopedia, magazines, videos, and Web sites. You can also explore Learning Materials, a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features for middle school level.


Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language and others: Covers broad issues, such as war, genocide, terrorism, human rights, poverty, famine, globalization, world trade, nuclear proliferation, and global warming, as well as more specific events. Includes detailed information on nations. More about this database - also see Quick Start training video.

History (8th Gr): Full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents. Moves chronologically over 5,000 years from antiquity to the present and geographically around the globe.
ELA, Social Studies, Reading, Science: More than 14,000 pro/con viewpoint essays, 5,000+ topic overviews, 5 million periodical articles, statistical tables, charts and graphs, 70,000 images

Britannica World Data Analyst

Social Studies (Grade 7) World Data Analyst offers:

  • Country Snapshots - statistics on demography, vital statistics, national economy, transportation and communication, education and health, and military for individual countries.
  • Country Comparisons - Analyze data using charts and tables. You can create comparisons, or focus on statistics for a single country.
  • Ranked Statistics - compile information for all countries and allow you to view the countries with the highest or lowest totals, rates, or percentages
Reading, ELA: Excellent resource for information about current authors and books. Covers adult, YA, and children's publications. Author information includes awards, personal info, career, list of writings, and more.
ELA: database that offers biographies, bibliographies and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline
 Science: Browse or search More than 22,000 topic overviews, 7,000 biographies, 1.5 million periodical articles from noted publications like Science Weekly, Science News and The Science Teacher, 16,000 images and videos, 170+ detailed experiments, 8,100 biographies

 Health: Consumer and student information on diseases & conditions, medicines, list of trusted websites and more.

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