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Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate 2008 [OLD VERSION]

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Product Features

  • Three complete encyclopedias in one: Adult, Student, and Elementary
  • 100,000+ articles, multimedia, magazine articles and more; Interactive tools including video and audio clips, and interactive tours
  • Homework Helpdesk provides interactive lessons, writing and speech aids to make learning, writing research papers, and preparing oral presentations fun and easy for all ages
  • Includes Merriam-Webster's Dictionary & Thesaurus, Atlas, Timelines, Magazines and Web Links, and One-Year Subscription to Britannica Online ($70 Value)
  • Save articles, images, video, and more in one convenient location with Britannica Workspace

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 2000 / XP / Vista, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Intel
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
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  • ASIN: B000QFRT0S
  • Item model number: 8026
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,490 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Encyclopedia Britannica 2008 Ultimate gives you an all-in-one reference tool for better reasearch and faster learning. It combines three different versions of the Encyclopedia Britannica - Adult, Student & Elementary. It also has thousands of articles, magazine & Web links to make it easy to look up any topic. The included Dictionary & Thesaurus, Atlas and Timelines help you write the best and most accurate papers - and complete assignments like an expert. FREE Britannica Online 1-Year Subscription Works with Windows Vista

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Your Trusted Companion To Online Research. Looking for facts? Turn to Britannica Ultimate. Written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other notable experts, it is your trusted resource for research. Whether you are an entry level, advanced, or student researcher, you will easily find what you need in Britannica Ultimate. Simply select the version that's right for you.

Countless Sources of Knowledge

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® & Student Dictionary & Thesaurus
Get instant access to 275,000 definitions, synonyms, and antonyms.

Rich Multimedia

Historical Timelines

Atlas

New--Britannica Biographies
Access insightful biographies of 2,000 Great Minds: astronomers, mathematicians, scientists, and others who shaped the world.

3 Complete Encyclopedias--One Research Resource for All Ages
Discover fresh ideas, new facts, and current and future trends easily and conveniently from one source.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Library
Ideal for high school students, college students, and adults
Britannica Student Library
Specifically designed for students ages 10-14
Britannica Elementary Library
Fun and easy learning tools for kids ages 6-10

More Productive Research & Homework Projects

New--Britannica Workspace
Stay organized at all times! With Britannica Workspace, you can save articles, images, video, and more in one convenient location

Virtual Notecards
Save notes from your articles on a virtual notecard. Notes are printable, which makes your research easier and portable.

Homework Helpdesk
Make learning, writing research papers, and preparing oral presentations fun and easy with interactive lessons and writing and speech aids.

NEW! Britannica Biographies
Access insightful biographies of 2,000 Great Minds: astronomers, mathematicians, scientists, and others who shaped the world.

With Britannica Workspace, you can save articles, images, video, and more in one convenient location.



Explore
Take an exhilarating ride through Videos, World Statistics, Classical Music, and more.

Daily Content
Learn something new every day with "Animal of the Day," "Biography of the Day," and "This Day in History."

Exclusive--Britannica BrainStormer
Interactively understand relationships between ideas, subjects, and people.

Exclusive--Britannica Classics
Boost your knowledge with notable sources--including Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud, Harry Houdini, and Albert Einstein.

Magazines & Related Web Sites
Get more in-depth research from magazines articles and related Web sites selected by Britannica editors.

Free Content Updates
Get free monthly content updates for one year to ensure that you stay up-to-date.

More Exploration and Discovery with FREE Britannica Online Subscription
Register through your software today and enjoy a FREE one-year subscription to the award-winning Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. You'll also receive:

  • Newsfeeds and additional audio and video
  • Britannica newsletters
  • Discounts to the Britannica store
  • And more!


6 Great Reasons to Trust Britannica

  • Efficient. Search results are organized by relevancy, not popularity or paid placement.
  • Accurate. Information is fact-checked by the Encyclopaedia Britannica editorial staff.
  • Credible. Articles are written by Nobel Laureates, historians, and notable experts.
  • Trusted. Content is authoritative, trusted, and unbiased.
  • Convenient. No downloading or Internet connections required.
  • Safe. No pornography, pop-up ads, or questionable content.


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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Encyclopedia Britannica 2008 September 11, 2007
The Encyclopedia Britannica 2008 (established in 1768), both Ultimate and Deluxe, builds on the success of its completely revamped previous editions in 2006 and 2007. The rate of innovation in the last two versions was impressive and welcome. It continues apace in this rendition with Britannica Biographies (Great Minds), Classical Music (500 audio files arranged by composer), and a great Workspace for Project Management (a kind of friendly digital den). Generous 6-12 months of free access to the myriad riches of the Britannica Online complete the package.

The Britannica comes bundled with an atlas (between 1600 and 2530 maps and 287 World Data Profiles of individual countries and territories), the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, classic articles from previous editions, ten yearbooks, an Interactive Timeline with 4000+ indexed timeline entries, a Research Organizer, and a Knowledge Navigator (a Brain Stormer). All told, it offers a directory of more than 166,000 reviewed and vetted links to online content.

In its new form, the Britannica is as user-friendly as the Encarta. With monthly updates and the aforementioned 6-12 months of free access to its impressive powerhouse online Web site, it is bound to give the former close competition.

The Britannica's newest interface is even more intuitive and uncluttered than previously and is great fun to use. For instance, it generates a date-based daily selection of relevant information and highly edifying interactive tours of articles and attendant media.

When you enter even the first few letters of a term in the search box, it offers various options and is persistent: no need to click on the toolbar's "search" button every time you want to find something in this vast storehouse of knowledge.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate? I don't think so August 11, 2007
They include the Merriam Webster dictionary, but it's a stripped-down verson, and unlike the encyclopedia, there's no search capability. You only get definitions. Most word-processing programs have that function, so the Websters component is worthless. The stand-alone Websters CD is a much better product. Also, the maps in the encyclopedia can't be zoomed in on, and the type is a little small. And there are no almanac-type features. There's an article about tennis, for instance, but no list of past tournament winners through the years. Maybe I've been spoiled by Encarta, which has zoom-able maps and Almanac type lists, but if Britannica wants to call itself "ultimate", it has a way to go.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars could be better November 15, 2007
Its just average. The one-year updates cost $49.95! whats up with that? Encarta 2008 immediately updates upon installation. Free. Yes, can't use the software if you do a full install to your hard drive.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Source of Research July 23, 2007
It has material not found in Encarta, which I also depend on heavily. They are complimentary, not in opposition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with Britannica August 1, 2007
Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate 2008 is a very good source of knowledge, you just write the query and you'll see how it works. I am very pleased to have it (this is my first time)something I like it a lot is the brain software that organizes in a mind mapping the different related links of a subject you are looking for; even though is not cheap it is a good marketing idea to show how it works by a month free demo. I think I will buy Britannica for the incoming years.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has its faults but far better than Wikipedia November 17, 2007
I've had it with that pesthole of crackpots, nitwits, fans and school papers called Wikipedia. I copied Britannica to my hard drive and am now a happy camper.

Two problems have cropped up. First, and most troublesome, is that the bibliographies of standing articles don't look like they've been updated in about twelve years and don't seem to have been updated online either. The ones I looked at were historical/biographical entries, but scholarship marches on, and for me the essence of a good reference is information about the latest research. (The so-called references cited on Wikipedia are usually just other crackpots' opinions.) Another problem is the video. I installed the patch from the online support page, but the video still doesn't work. This isn't a big deal for me, and it may be a problem on my end, but check it out if the multimedia is going to be important to you.

That said, the quality of Britannica's content alone is worth the price, and to have the mother of encyclopedias installed locally in my computer makes it irresistable. If you do reference often, do yourself and/or your kids a favor and have this one running in the background.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great except for one issue December 18, 2007
This is an amazing electronic reference in many ways. It has three levels of difficulty depending on the school level, from elementary to intermediate to adult, includes the Merriam Webster dictionary, and thesaurus. It has some new features that are quite useful, such as the Britannica brainstorm, a way of organizing your research, and a new interface from the one I had with the older 2003 version.

It's a great encyclopedia and it's strengths are in science, technology, geography, and various specialized topics, and to a lesser degree biography and history. The World Book is just the opposite: it's strengths are in biography and world and U.S. history, so really, the two great 'pedias complement each other.

Librarians in the past prefered the World Book because the writing level was more approachable, and could be used by schoolchildren, but the the Britannica has now solved that issue with these new levels of writing. The World Book is in some ways still easier to use, but the Britannica still represents the highest level of scholarship and technical difficulty.

My main issue is with the new interface, I just don't like it as much and prefer the older one, but perhaps that's a matter of taste. But that's the reason for the four instead of five stars. The new interface has more context sensitive windows or frames, which is useful, and the bookmarking capability is cool, which I don't think my earlier edition had.

Anyway, it's a great reference tool and one that I'm very pleased with, and It's still the standard by which all the others are measured.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Okay but in the future, I hope they can provide the encyclopedia via usb pin drive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money
Received the product ahead of the schedule and loaded it with no problems at all. Enjoying the product while learning about it and the information concerning so many subjects.
Published on February 25, 2008 by Gregory Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for school
This has come in so handy for reports that my kids have done. There are three different levels that you can use, depending on the age of the person using it. Read more
Published on February 23, 2008 by Karen
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My only reasoning for acquiring Britannica was I thought that spending some money could land me a more comprehensive resource for quick research other than the free Wikipedia. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate 2008
GREAT IDEA!!! A must GET for any college student who must do research papers. The DVD gives two types of citations: MLA AND APA. Both are needed in today's colleges. Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by HSCross-stitcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This was the best gift I could've given to my sister's family with kids ranging in age from 2 to 9 yrs! Very cool with a large multi-media section.
Published on January 18, 2008 by Jeena Jarvis
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