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Encarta Reference Library 2003.

Microsoft, c2002. Windows 98/Me (664MB) or 2000/XP (128MB), Pentium 233MHz, up to 385MB avail. hard disk space, DVD or CD-ROM drive, SVGA, 16-bit min. monitor & sound card, Internet connection for links & Update Encarta. DVD disk or 5-ROM disks. $74.95; academic discounts avail. (see www.microsoft.com/education/). JSA*

Encarta claims to be "the #1 encyclopedia brand in the U.S.," and it's easy to see why it's so popular. With its clear interface that lays out all the choices available at a glance, it can't be beat for ease of use. Over 69,000 articles are enhanced by many thousands of photos, illustrations, maps, music and video clips, and more. Included with the deluxe version of the encyclopedia are a world atlas, a dictionary and thesaurus, and Encyclopedia Africana (including the Library of Black America collection of writings).

Encarta is aimed at students ages 10-17, as well as at adults seeking reference information, and it attempts to make researching easy, with features like Encarta Researcher, which helps students organize material and automatically creates footnotes and bibliographies. New features for 2003 include translation dictionaries (Spanish, French, German and Italian), a book of quotations, a chart maker, project starters for students, and literature guides, with summaries and background information on works ranging from Great Expectations to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Content can be updated weekly via the Internet. A great purchase for all libraries. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
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Author:Rohrlick, Paula
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Date:Nov 1, 2002
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