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Microsoft Encarta Reference Library Premium 2005 DVD [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP
4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Complete learning resource for home or school use
  • Multimedia encyclopedia and feature-rich reference tools
  • Explore science, history, cultures, geography, art, and more
  • Encarta dictionary, thesaurus, and translation dictionaries
  • Designed for students as young as 7 years old
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Encarta Reference Library Premium 2005 captivates students of starting as young as 7 years old with an easy-to-use, up-to-date, multimedia encyclopedia and feature-rich reference tools to deliver a complete learning resource for home or school use. Online integration, comprehensive homework tools, project starters, Encarta dictionary, thesaurus, literature guides, and chart maker create a complete research center helping students achieve greater success in the classroom. New to 2005 is the Encarta Kids feature with thousands of articles and games to excite younger students (8 to 12). Also, new to 2005, Encarta Premium service will include the online subscription Homework Center* with hundreds of online textbook tutorials.


  • New Encarta Search Bar
    to find the information you need now. Embedded on the task bar, the new Encarta search bar can instantly find the encyclopedia information, dictionary lookup, or the magic word you need to quickly find in the Encarta Thesaurus.
  • New Encarta Kids
    specially designed for the youngest students includes articles, animations, and games. Content written for children under 12 years old will have one their first Microsoft experiences with Encarta Kids.
  • New Online Homework and Math Center
    helps students find the A+ homework help and universal access to Encarta. As part of your MSN Encarta Premium subscription, students can study from home, school, the library or anywhere with their friends with online access to Encarta.com hosted by MSN.
  • Comprehensive Research Tools
    with dictionary and thesaurus, literature guides, homework starters, and more. The innovative Encarta learning tools help students learn more and achieve more. Have your children spend less time searching and more time learning--you’ll discover how easy it is when you put these indispensable tools to work.
  • Captivating video content from Discovery Channel.
    Explore a collection of 32 high-quality videos hand selected to enliven the learning process from reading article content to experiencing it.
  • Access information that changes with our changing world.
    Update Encarta keeps the reference materials in Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2005 both timely and accurate.


  • New! Encarta Kids! with articles, animations, and games to excite Encarta users under 12.
  • New! Encarta Search Bar that instantly finds what you need and sits on the task bar.
  • New! Online Math Center where students can find help on today’s math homework.
  • Video content from Discovery Channel: a collection of 32 high-quality videos.
  • Visual Browser: A dynamic way to explore relationships between articles and multimedia content. Unique display facilitates easier navigation among articles.
  • Homework Center:
    • Homework Starters: Sometimes, half the battle with homework is simply getting started. Homework Starters provide students with resources to better understand and plan for assignments.
    • Literature Guides: students gain a better understanding of literature with articles that help explain themes, characters, and settings, plus provide insight into the author of commonly assigned works of literature.
    • Chart Maker: Spice up a presentation with easy-to-build charts! Users simply choose a chart type, enter data, and Encarta draws a chart.
    • Quotations: easily search the Encarta collection of familiar and contemporary quotations from literature, entertainment, and the news.

*Requires an Internet connection. Connect time charges may apply. Local and long distance telephone toll charges may apply. You must be online to use real-time media, live news from MSNBC, Encarta Online Deluxe, and Update Encarta. Access to and use of the Internet may require payment of a separate fee to an Internet service provider.

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  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
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  • ASIN: B00027TJCG
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 10, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,335 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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I have bought both Encarta and Britannica for years (EB in printed edition too: 32 volumes, 32.000 pages). This is my opinion in brief: Encarta is excellent in all aspects, but Britannica's authoritative text (sometimes outdated) makes interesting to buy both.
TEXT: Britannica is a superb encyclopedia of text (not in visual aid) since 1768 (you know: an article by Einstein and so on...). Contents in electronic version differs from printed encyclopedia (very large articles have been shortened). Britannica claims that it has more entries that Encarta, but this is a joke: articles like "Mexico" are only one (with a lot of subdivisions) in Encarta, while in Britannica subdivisions are unconnected, and you must "jump" from one subdivision to another, which is slow and very annoying, especially if you want to copy it in "WORD". Very often, the text is not updated.
In the other hand, Encarta's text is not bad at all. Most articles have the name of their contributors and their professions, works...: They are not "John Doe". You can find large fragments of literary works, literature guides, a lot of sidebars and thousands of quotations. "Encarta Africana" is included. The Pop-Up (double clicking a word) Dictionary and Thesaurus has sound for correct pronunciation (by the way, it can read aloud, with a robotic and ugly voice, a whole article). The "Translation Dictionaries" to Spanish, French, German and Italian must be improved, because they are minimal. It gives you a lot of "Internet links", even if you are not connected. With Britannica you must be "on-line" and it searches in an EB Web page.
In theory you can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year quarterly (4 times), but this does not work.
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I thought that the 2004, edition of Encarta Reference Library was the ultimate refernce resource and I still think it is. Encarta Reference Library is a winner for every new user, especially if you are running 2003 and older versions. For the 2004 user of Encarta, not much has changed, except for the kids corner, and thats the big target of this edition, if you have kids they are more likely to benefit from it more. Its more tutor oriented and aims to keep them organized and ready for the class room with a sort of activity center approach to getting school work and home work done.

This Digital Encyclopedia is a must for students, who want concise and accurate information relating to what they are learning in school. But the fun does not stop on DVD's, users are able to expand their searching capabilities and knowledge to the Internet, through MSN Encarta. That why if you recently purchased 2004, I would recommend you stick with it and update it until the subscription is done then you can purchase version 2005.

There has been no major improvement in video quality but they do give a visual concept of life in countries whether it may be about people or animals. Whether its technology, science or history Encarta Reference Library 2005 gives you the information you need and expands the knowledge resource even further with the Internet. The program still lacks up to date images, but comparing the DVD to the 5 disk Set, you get more content on DVD. Its faster and certainly reduces disk swapping.

I have always admired Encarta for its approach to presenting information in a visual stunning and easy to understand way. Comparing this to a set of books would be a dishonour, because Encarta keeps current and more efficient.

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My real complaint with this fresh, good encyclopedia [my version was that for 2004] is that after "31 October" the "free content updates" stop. I had assumed that after that point I could subscribe to monthly updates at what I thought would be a modest annual fee. But the fact is that when the updates stop, often a few months after you buy the Encarta, you must purchase a whole new Encarta at full price and "toss" or rather delete the old Encarta. And the new Encarta runs out in another year. Then another full purchase, and then another. At a going and and rising price of say $70 for the DVD, that is a high cost over time for an encyclopdiea that has little of the real depth of a hard-copy Britannica or other established book-format encyclopedias. The whole benefit of the internet is that things can be updated (and, yes, for a reasonable annual fee), but Encarta provides us with throwaway "computer books" purely to get top dollar out of us once a year, or so it seems. Even the old Encyclopedia Britannica books provided a rudimentary update, for a much smaller fee than full re-purchase, of annual yearbooks. I'll be checking around to see what the DVD Britannica's update policy is (perhaps similar, perhaps not). In any case, I'm unhappy with the planned obsolescence of the Encarta encyclopedias, unhappy that such obsolescene was not made explicit from the start on the box (others I know had assumed there would be some system for continuing updates beyond "31 October"; when Encarta says updates will be "free" until that date, I think one is justified in assuming that they won't be free after, but that then you must begin to pay. The wording does not suggest that the updates will stop completely.Read more ›
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