Encyclopedia Britannica – Bias and Credibility

Encyclopedia Britannica - Pro Science - Credible - Not Biased

Factual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence-based through the use of credible scientific sourcing.  Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased, and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer-reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.

  • Overall, we rate Encyclopedia Britannica a Least Biased, Pro-Science source.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic


Founded in 1768, The Encyclopedia Britannica is a general knowledge English-language encyclopedia. It is written by about 100 full-time editors and more than 4,000 contributors, including 110 Nobel Prize winners and five American presidents. The 2010 version of the 15th edition, which spans 32 volumes and 32,640 pages, was the last printed edition; digital content and distribution have continued since then.

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Funded by / Ownership

The publisher is Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., and revenue is generated through advertising and subscription fees.

Analysis / Bias

In review, Encyclopedia Britannica provides an enormous amount of information covering history, science, technology, and more. The website is set up with a search bar at the top of the screen to search for the topic you are interested in. The homepage also features articles with minimal bias, such as this: Do Plants Feel Pain? This article is properly sourced, and in case you are interested, plants do not feel pain because they do not have pain receptors. Thanks, Britannica!

Regarding bias, Forbes did an analysis that showed Britannica is less biased than Wikipedia.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate Encyclopedia Britannica a Least Biased, Pro-Science source. (D. Van Zandt 6/17/2019) Updated (09/21/2022)

Source: https://www.britannica.com/

Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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