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Britannica resource to go online
A digital version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica is being made available to every school in Scotland for free
A digital version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica is being made available to every school in Scotland for free.
Every primary and secondary school in the country will have free access to the digital resource until the end of October.
Bosses hope the package, which has been specially created for schools, will let students and teachers "rediscover" Britannica - founded in Edinburgh in 1768 - in the digital age.
They claim that, unlike other free online resources, the Britannica online school edition has been designed to make sure that students can research safely online without accessing inappropriate or factually inaccurate material.
The printed edition of the encyclopaedia ended its run in March this year.
Ian Grant, managing director of Encyclopaedia Britannica UK, said: "Britannica holds a special place in Scottish history and education, and we're extremely proud to be returning to our roots and inspiring a new generation of learners, nearly 250 years after we started.
"Our ideals of providing clear, current and correct educational information were inspired by our Scottish founders and remain in place today.
"By bringing Britannica home, we want to invite Scottish learners, be they student, parent, or teacher, to rediscover Britannica in the 21st century."
After the free access period runs out at the end of October, schools interested in retaining the resource would pay an annual subscription fee.