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Have you ever wished you could afford to buy all 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica? I have considered it but apart from the huge expense, I was also put off by the fact that my encyclopedias would be out of date in a year, when the new version came out. The 2001 version of this Britannica software is now available. You can get the latest version for just £29.99 which is just a fraction of what a set of actual books would cost you. There is a search facility included in the package which means that its so much easier to find what you want. You can type in a question and you will be guided to the relevant sections. Choose from more than 83,000 articles, 4000 photographs and illustrations and 1300 maps. There is also a research assistant function which can help you search, plan and organise projects and course work. You could even use it to gather extra information for your Dooyoo ops! The CD Rom will connect you to websites that are considered by Britannica to be appropriate to your research. This software will run on Win95, 98/ 2000/Me/ NT. You need a Pentium 133 or higher, 32Mb RAM, 90Mb hard disk space and a CD ROM Drive to use it properly. The information provided by Britannica is very thorough and tends to be quite cumbersome to organise. This is not a problem for students and most adults, but younger children will probably need some help. A very useful encyclopedia for family use and for research but perhaps too complex for younger children to use unsupervised. This is £30 well spent.
This Britannica Encyclopedia is actually very usefull and goes into a lot of depth (far more than one's such as Microsoft's Encarta). This can be an advantage to some though also a disadvantage to others. So in a way this would not always be the idel program, say for someone in Primary school. Like most programs now this one also uses the internet to its full extent allowing the user to goto a website for further information on their chosen topic.
If you need to buy an encyclopaedia, this is the one that I recommend to you. Encyclopaedia Britannica is the best one on the market that I can recommend to you. Britannica was very easy to install, and I was fully operational in ten minutes. It contains over 44 million words, and over 8000 photographs and illustrations. Also the program runs alongside a very affective website (www.britannica.com) which contains additional links, and current up to date facts. The only disadvantage for CD ROM users is that the program comes on 2 disks, and this can cause a few changes while you use it. But if you get it on DVD, you'll be laughing!
Britannica on DVD destroys the need to go online for research. Ever. It's not just removing disk-swapping; it actually adds a lot more content and movies to Britannica so you can find information on just about anything. And if you can't, there are literally thousands of web links. I would say about 3/4 of the articles in Britannica, and all of the main ones, contain web links. They are listed out and can be brought up with just one click. EB (Encyclopedia Britannica) offers In-Depth articles as well, which have outline views and many subsections. Not to mention the massive media content. Movies, images and sounds cover most articles - looking up 'birds', for example, gives you an article with around 20 images. There are lots of sections to Britannica over than basic articles. Firstly, it can be instantly updated via the web. The handy search field not only searches well throughout the 7500+ documents, but also delivers a report of your search, allows you to preview articles first, and if it can't find results will allow you to select a close match (for example, if you mispelled a word). The other modes are a joy to use also. In Analyist, you can compare a country to another, or a country to other countries in its region. For example, select the UK and compare it agaisnt Europe. This is great for school homework. Not only can you make graphs or charts on pretty much anything (GDP, Life expectancy, birth rate, transport) but you can produce tables comparing ALL the data or, best of all, a report. Britannica automatically generates a word-processed report which appears to be written by you. Heh. It actually compared countries and their progress over the years, as well as the more serious differences. And it is all formatted well. Spotlight mode offers spotlight topics on places such as dinosaurs, although there aren't many of these. Timeline is also quite constrained. You can select from about 60000 B
C to 2000 AD, but only in two areas (such as Economy and Health). This doesn't allow a broad enough picture. Overall though, Britannica is excellent. All of the articles are organised under 'Branches of Knowledge' which mean you can navigate a tree structure towards them. There are tons of articles and extra novel features thrown in. This actually betters the more widely-known Encarta in terms of ease of use and content.
Encyclopedia Britannica 99 is a great multimedia encyclopedia. There is a large amount of content crammed onto thr CD-ROM. I got this edition as a free gift for joining QXL.com, it came about a week after I signed up to QXL. There is a very good search facility, and lots of audio, video, animations and maps. There is also a great timeline feeature. One annoying thing is that the encyclopedia is on 2 CDs, so it is annoying when you have to change them.
I use the standard edition of the encyclopaedia Britannia and have been delighted with my results. The one CD contains over 73000 articles. 4000 photos and illustrations (as opposed to 8500 in the deluxe edition) and internet links. I am very happy with the standard edition as there is only one cd so there is no need to keep swapping between disks. A lot of encyclopedias come with a variety of sound effects, slide shows and pictures, however these distract you and for me have limited appeal, and are more useful for children. The content is excellent and the search engine is very througher, and so much more comprehensive than the published books. It is brilliant to be able to look for words or phrases that may be in the middle of any of the 73000 articles. I use this software almost daily, and feel no need to upgrade it yet.
i go to the shops with £100 (lucky me) to buy an encyclopedia (not so lucky now!) for my PC. Now adays all encyclopedias come in either the CD version or the advanced DVD version. After reading end on end reviews in PC magz i took (payed for) Britannica 2000 CD. My dad also has a copy but in DVD version. i have to say the DVD version contains stacks more in the way of articles , mpegs, pix and sounds. if you are kept to a budget this is for you but otherwise take the DVD copy. This series is renouned for being better for the Microsoft Encartas. So there you go!