We often get asked the same questions when we’re discussing Britannica resources…

How does an article go from an idea to full publication?

Who writes all of the articles?

What makes Britannica such a trusted source?

This video explains it all through a behind-the-scenes look at our rigorous editorial publishing process.

Over 250 years, Britannica has developed a thorough and meticulous editorial system to deliver the most trusted information worldwide. As a result, students and educators across the globe have unparalleled access to expert knowledge in all subject areas, all aligned to today’s curricula.

What does that really mean for a student or a teacher preparing for class? It means that when they are formulating their enquiries and conducting research, they can tap into the minds of thousands of authors and contributors like these—all in one site:

Teaching children about the history of Islam?

Take a look at our article covering from c.3000 BCE to the present day.  This article includes contributions from Marilyn R. Waldman – Professor of History and Comparative Studies, Ohio State University and author of Toward a Theory of Historical Narrative: A Case Study in Perso-Islamicate Historiography . Additional contributions come from Malika Zeghal – Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, Harvard University.

Working on career choices?

Our article on marketing covers plenty with contributions from Philip Kotler – S.C. Johnson and Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing, Northwestern University; Kent A. Grayson – Associate Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; and Jonathan D. Hibbard – Assistant Professor of Marketing, Boston University.

Studying international affairs?

Get a first-hand account of the Dayton Accords, the 1995 peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia, from former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

Are your students writing about their favorite people, places, or things?

Theatre enthusiasts can use the Broadway article by Kenneth Grahame Rea – Theatre critic and playwright and Lecturer and Tutor in Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

For the student who chose the U.S. Open, check out the article written by Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus.

Looking for more depth on a science topic?

Explore the nervous system, co-written by Solomon D. Erulkar, former Professor of Pharmacology at University of Pennsylvania, and Thomas L. Lentz, Professor of Cell Biology at Yale University and author of Primitive Nervous Systems.

And that’s just the beginning!

The best and brightest minds in the world – 4,500 and counting – provide the articles that make up one of the most-trusted and up-to-date information resources anywhere. Add to that expertise from an editorial team that is 100+ members strong, with copy editors, fact-checkers, and even children’s editors that revise original articles to make them reading-level appropriate.

How does all of this brain power fit into today’s schools and libraries? As we teach students how to conduct effective research, the ability to objectively evaluate sources for credibility and accuracy before using them is critical. Many students simply accept the legitimacy of the online sources they find, instead of scrutinising the quality and accuracy that 21st-century information literacy demands. Britannica’s role is to provide easy access to the clarity and quality that students are looking for and that educators require.

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