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Britannica Image Quest

By Sally Finley - Posted Nov 1, 2011
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Company: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 331 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: (800) 621-3900, Fax: (800) 344-9624;

Price: Schools, libraries, colleges, and universities can enjoy a 2-week, institutionwide free trial. Britannica Image Quest is sold on a subscription basis. Pricing information can be obtained at (800) 621-3900.

Audience: Grades K–College

System Requirements: Internet access via a computer is needed.

Description: Britannica Image Quest provides access to more than 2 million images covering all subject areas. The images are cleared for noncommercial educational use.

Overall Rating:5 Stars
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Britannica Image Quest is accessed with a username and a password. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The Image Information Page includes captions, credits, citations, related searches, and other important information. It permits larger versions of any image. Images can be downloaded from this page. The print option creates a PDF of the image that will open in Adobe Acrobat and can then be printed.

Flexible searching allows the user to browse by subject or collection or to type in keywords. Searches can be narrowed down by searching in a specific subject area or within a specified collection. The use of quotation marks will locate words or phrases, word for word, within the search.

Collection Profiles include images from more than 50 collections that relate to a specific area of study. Examples of available collections include Chicago History Museum, Garden Picture Library, National Geographic Society, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum, PlanetObserver, Science Photo Library, The Times Picture Archive, and the travel imagery of Robert Harding.

Credits provide the source of the image and include the photographer’s name and the collection to which it belongs. Copyright details are displayed on each page. All rights are cleared for educational use.

A Lightbox provides a place to save a group of images selected by the user. From the Lightbox, images can be printed with titles and credits as a PDF file. Multiple images can be placed in a zip file to be saved locally on a computer. All the images in the Lightbox can be emailed and will include a file of each image’s information. Images can be deleted from the Lightbox; it is cleared every time users log out or close their browser images.

Images can be downloaded, printed, or sent via email. A file with each image’s information is sent with the email. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Britannica Image Quest is easy to use. Typing a word or phrase in the search box at the top of every page displays available images. Searches can be initiated as image titles, captions, credits, and keywords. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Telephone support is available at (800) 621-3900. Send email to A support form is available online. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Britannica Image Quest is an excellent tool for both teachers and students who are looking for images to accompany presentations and research. More than 2 million images are available in an easy-to-locate format. These images can be used in teacher lesson plans, student assignments, activities, whiteboards, student reports, projects, school websites, newsletters, newspapers, flyers, and bulletins. Each image contains information needed for citing the source, and all are rights-cleared for educational purposes. Searching for the right image is simple and quick. One of the best features is the Lightbox, which allows the user to collect and save images that relate to the topic being studied. Images are high-quality and would greatly enhance any student project. I highly recommend this site as an excellent tool for both students and teachers who want to use visuals as a part of a presentation or research project. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Sally Finley, educational consultant, Coral Springs, Fla.;

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