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Surveying the 1995 Encyclopedias on Disc: Webster's Interactive Encyclopedia

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Surveying the 1995 Encyclopedias on Disc: Webster's Interactive Encyclopedia

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The title says Webster's, but in reality it is Hutchinson's, a British short-entry encyclopedia similar to the one-volume Columbia Concise Encyclopedia on this side of the Atlantic. This is the newest edition of the work, which is one of the oldest of England's encyclopedias. In fact, the CD-ROM is called Hutchinson Multimedia Encyclopedia in the U.K., although much of the material and the bright and surprisingly effective user interface are shared with the North American version. However, a representative of Attica Cybernetics, the British company which produced the disc, says the contents have been significantly altered for the North American market. There were no surprises in terms of spelling, U.K. vs. U.S., and Britain still does not win the U.S. War of Independence. The encyclopedia content suffers somewhat from its roots as a single-volume desk encyclopedia. In general it is usually best not to nit-pick at encyclopedias but rather take sweeping overviews. …

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