Cover image for Encyclopedia Americana.
Title:
Encyclopedia Americana.
Author:
Scholastic Library Publishing.
Edition:
International edition.
Publication Information:
Danbury, Conn. : Scholastic Library Pub., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
30 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), portraits ; 26 cm
General Note:
"First published in 1829."
Language:
English
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9780717201372
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

You can trust the Encyclopedia Americana to provide comprehensive information that's in-depth, reliable, and up-to-date:
- More than 45,000 articles written by experts in easy-to-understand, layperson's language
- The latest demographic information on nations, their capitals, and most populous cities
- Coverage of national and international events reflects the most recent developments possible
- Major revisions of articles on science and technology, society and politics, visual and performing arts, literature and philosophy, and other key areas
- Hundreds of new biographies in all major subject areas
Handy search features make the Encyclopedia Americana easy to use:
- Fact boxes highlight statistics and essential information
- Chronological tables provide a quick view of history
- Cross-references direct readers to related articles and subjects
- 6,500 bibliographies for further reading


Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Designed for students in grades five and up, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (GME) launched a new version, 3.0, in May 2003, with a new design and an AD-compliant version. Among the new features are Today is . . . , which highlights birthdays of well-known people as well as historic events; new games and a Games Archive; and a How to Cite This Article link. Searches now retrieve media items as well as articles, listing each separately in the results. The weekly News feature now offers a link to "a selection of respected national and international news stories." Several enhancements have been made to GME's multimedia components. For example, videos, panoramas, and maps are now linked to other related material. The encyclopedia can be searched by keyword or title or browsed by subject. In Advanced Search, users can employ Boolean operators and wild cards. Articles tend to be shorter than those in other encyclopedias, reflecting GME's roots as the short-entry Academic American Encyclopedia, which Grolier published in print form from 1980 to 1998. Entries are linked to media, to Web sites, and to full-text articles from 700 periodicals available through EBSCO Content Solutions. Among the nearly 600 new articles added since February 2002 are African Union; Labor economics; Nanotechnology; Open source; School vouchers; and Superfund. There are also entries for the space probes Aqua, Genesis, and Nozomi. Additional new articles cover topics in British, Irish, and Russian history; Christian contemporary music; and biographies of contemporaries like Michael Bloomberg and Annika Sorenstam. More than 90 articles have been rewritten or replaced, among them Army, E-Commerce, Mars (planet), and United States education. Additionally, 400 new photographs, pieces of art, and multimedia have been added. The main Afghanistan article is current through March 2003. The article on September 11, 2001, mentions the sentencing of Moroccan Mounir al-Motassadek to 15 years in prison by a German court in February 2003. Both the George W. Bush and Iraq articles are current into June 2003. There is also an article on the Iraq War. We found biographical entries for Hamid Karzai and Tom Ridge. The article on SARS is current through May 2003, giving death rate and infection statistics as well as symptoms, though no periodical articles are listed under the Periodicals tab. There is no article on West Nile virus, but it is mentioned in Encephalitis. The familiar Research Starter feature has more than 150 topics, many in the sciences. Brain Jam is the monthly feature highlighting a subject of current interest and often relates to the calendar month, such as Space Exploration and NASA for July 2003, with a picture of Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon July 20, 1969. Timelines consists of 24 main time-line screens covering world history events from 4,000 B.C.E. to the present. Printing with the Print/Email tab is easy and fast. An atlas and dictionary are available via the GO frame, which simultaneously searches all Grolier databases to which a library subscribes. Conclusion: GME is an attractive, up-to-date resource for school and public libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist