African-American Culture and History

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African-American Culture and History

Company: Macmillan Library Reference USA, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019; Customer Service: 800/2575157; Technical Support: 800/5928057; http://www.mlr.com/.

Price: $450.00-Windows version. Includes unlimited LAN networking. Macintosh edition forthcoming. Audience: Middle school, high school.

Format: CD-ROM: text, graphics.

System Requirements: 486 or higher PC, CD-ROM drive, 36 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM or higher, SVGA monitor. TCP/IP must be installed.

Description: African-American Culture and History presents an aggregation of material from several Macmillan books. It includes a complete and thoroughly revised Encyclopedia of African-American History, as well as selected contents from the AfricanAmerican Atlas and Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery. The disc includes selected primary sources from 1688-1995, maps and graphs, a timeline, photo gallery, historical tours, and statistical tables covering a range of subjects.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: I installed the program on a PC with a Pentium II processor. Although I followed the directions, I found that the program would not run. I uninstalled and reinstalled the disc and it worked perfectly. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The African-American Culture and History CD covers a wide variety of subjects from the 15th century to the 1990s. The length of the articles varies from quite short to very long, but nearly all have links to other areas of the program. There are more than 1,200 images that can be enlarged and that also are linked to other information in the program.

Searches can be performed for individuals by name, sex, birthplace, occupation, or time period, or for any word in the program by keyword, two different subjects (listed and ready to be highlighted), or the time period. When the subject Film, Television, Radio, Theatre was selected, 187 hits were returned Unfortunately, I was unable to find information on Dorothy Dandridge anywhere on the disc.

When a search term is entered and an article is located, users must page down to find the search term. For longer articles, users can skip through the text to the area to hunt for the selected term. …