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The Newest Multimedia Encyclopedias Are Out

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The Newest Multimedia Encyclopedias Are Out

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Every fall (or summer, even) the new group of multimedia encyclopedia editions appears. Here are the highlights of a few of the big names:

Microsoft Bookshelf Enhanced

A good thing has become better with the release of Microsoft Bookshelf 1996-97 edition, according to Microsoft. The number of reference tools included has risen to nine with the addition of Internet Directory 96 (a guide to nearly 5,000 useful sites, a glossary of common terms) and the Concise Encarta 96 Worm Atlas (maps with pop-up information, pronunciations of place names). Previously included (but newly updated) works are The American Heritage Dictionary, The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia, Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, The World Almanac, The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, The People's Chronology, and The National Five-Digit ZIP Code and Post Office Directory.

A new interface adds ease of use and additional functionality to the resource. For example, customized searching across any combination[ of books and media is now available. Content has been expanded to nearly 2,000 images, 54 maps, five hours of audio, 100 Video clips, nearly 200 national anthems, and 80,000 pronunciations.

A special school edition available to schools, libraries, and museums includes a free printed Teacher's Activity Guide. The disc is available for either Windows or Macs at about $54.95 ($10 discount for current licensed Bookshelf users).

Source: Microsoft, Redmond, WA, http://www.microsoft.com.

Grolier's New Multimedia Encyclopedia

Grolier Interactive has released its 1997 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia for Windows and Macintosh, featuring a number of enhancements over the previous edition. Chief among these is the Grolier Internet Index, Which is a set of direct, editorially selected links to thousands of Web sites that complement the encyclopedia's already extensive content. …

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