Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 99

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 99

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Microsoft has not only updated 2,500 Encarta articles, but added 4,500 brand new ones plus another 3,500 articles from the Colliers Encyclopedia. This is a very interesting development because Colliers Encyclopedia is in the same league as Britannica, adding an academic flavor to Encarta. It has also made Encarta the largest of the general-interest encyclopedias.

Microsoft also redesigned the Encarta interface, featuring a new Contents Page that is like a portal to the topic searched. It presents a summary, and sometimes previews, of the various elements related to a topic, such as articles, pictures, videos, virtual tours, and Web links. Clicking on these elements will take the user to the appropriate information segment for further exploration.

Also new is Encarta Explorer, which lets you drill down deeper and deeper through the well-subdivided main categories (Sciences, Social Sciences, etc.) into subcategories (Language, Literature, Psychology, etc.), peeking into major topics within the subcategories. Also new is the Natural Language Query function.

The Encarta Lesson Collection that originated on the Microsoft Web site now is also available in the deluxe CD-ROM version, and, along with the Research Organizer program, it forms the Encarta Study module. …

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