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Encyclopædia Britannica 2001

Yesterday saw the release of the latest incarnation of the PC version of Encyclopædia Britannica. Enyclopædia Britannica DVD 2001 takes the already information-packed release from last year and adds both more useful data and further interface enhancements to make finding the things your after even easier.

Here's what the press release has to say about the improvements:

Incorporating interactive maps, 16,000 photos and illustrations, more than six hours of audio, video and animation, and over 85,000 articles, the Britannica DVD 2001 presents an unsurpassed entertaining audiovisual learning experience. Key features include:
  • The 'Analyst' section allows users to create customised charts, graphs and tables that provide comparisons between nations and regions on topics such as land use, trade and communication.
  • The 'Timelines' history element has been improved to examine the effects and discoveries on world cultures from the dawn of civilisation to the present day. Select from 14 different categories, including exploration, medicine, music, sports and technology.
  • Spotlights are unique in-depth multimedia presentations, which highlight moments in history and wonders in the physical world. Spotlights link back to related articles in the encyclopaedia, enriching the whole learning experience.
  • Topic Tours provide pictorial excursions and information on specific themes. New subjects introduced on the 2001 edition include glass, UN Secretary Generals, islands and Women Nobel Peace Prize winners.
  • The full contents of the New Oxford Dictionary of English
  • allows users to connect to the rest of the world and visit the best websites as rated, reviewed and recommended by the editors at Britannica.
  • Context bars - this feature has been refined to keep the user's search focused, highlighting articles which include related information, saving both time and energy.
  • The 'Ask Britannica' facility allows users to just type in a word, question or phrase, e.g. "Is there a Loch Ness Monster?" and let Britannica provide the answers.
  • Research Assistant helps create your own reports or assignments from various sources. Simply gather the information together and print.
Encyclopædia Britannica DVD 2001 was released on 6 October retailing at £69.99.

Look out for a full review soon.

Colin Polonowski

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