Grolier Online C. 2002. (General Interest Software/Web Sites)

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Grolier Online C. 2002. (General Interest Software/Web Sites)


Dunn, Agnes, Multimedia Schools


Located online at http://www.go.grolier.com/.

Source: Grolier Publishing Co., Inc., P.O. Box 1795, Danbury, CT 06816; Phone: 888/326-6546; Technical Support: eaonline@grolier.com; Web: http://www.go.grolier.com/.

Access Fee: Institutional licensing only (no individual users). Pricing varies according to the databases selected and the number of users per subscription, beginning at $415.

Audience: For Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, the New Book of Popular Science, and Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre en Linea--middle school and up.

For Lands and Peoples and America the Beautiful--elementary and up.

For the New Book of Knowledge-elementary and middle school.

Format: Web site; text, pictures, maps, animation, timelines, video, and sound.

Minimum System Requirements: PCs: Pentium 90 with 32 MB RAM.

Macs: PowerMac with System 7.5.

Grolier Online will run on Netscape Navigator 3.x and Internet Explorer 4.x with JavaScript enabled. (Netscape 6.x browser not recommended.) Plug-ins are not required to operate the standard Grolier Online encyclopedia. A multi-media-rich version requires QuickTime.

Description: Grolier Online is a complete reference tool. With the choice of seven distinct databases, including the Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, the New Book of Popular Science, Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre en Linea, Lands and Peoples, America the Beautiful, and the New Book of Knowledge, schools can tailor resources to the needs of their students.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: I reviewed Grolier Online using a Gateway 450 MHz computer with a Pentium III processor, 96 MB RAM, 9 GB hard drive, Windows 98, and a 56K modem connection. I already had QuickTime on my computer, therefore typing in my user name and password was all that was required to access the program. Installation/Access Rating: A

Content/Features: Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, the flagship program on the site, has nearly 40,000 articles by 3,000 contributors and more than 100,000 links between articles or to the Internet. A rich array of multimedia resources includes animation, videos, cutaways, panoramas, dynamic maps, and sounds.

Students can begin browsing within categories on the main page, go to the Research Starters to narrow the topic, or conduct an advanced search. The articles are wide-ranging sources of student information. Middle and high school students will find all of the information they need by using the text, multimedia, and hyperlinks.

Encyclopedia Americana users can browse the more than 45,000 articles, search the multimedia or text-only site, or use one of the special features: the Journal, Editor's Picks, and Profiles. The Journal identifies significant and timely topics. Editor's Picks highlights selected topics for additional student research. Profiles compiles the most frequently consulted biographies in the encyclopedia.

Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre en Linea contains more than 17,000 articles focusing on Latin America and its people, with nearly as many Internet links. The encyclopedia is updated quarterly and links are updated monthly. The Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre en Linea shares many resources with the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia.

Lands and People Online contains five primary sections. The Encyclopedia segment includes the entire print multi-volume Lands and People, a valuable resource for children since 1929. The Global News Desk contains essentials on the people, places, and events making news in the world. Weekly updates focus on different current events stories and include photos and lesson plans.

The Cross Culture section is a unique interactive tool used to compare features and facts about two locations. A student identifies two locations within the same category (continent, county, or state/province) and a side-by-side scrollable window pops up to display the results. …

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