Microsoft Encarta Reference Library '04
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The Library That Changes with the Times!

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Encarta Reference Library 2004 combines the resources of its award-winning encyclopedia with a variety of research and learning tools to deliver a complete reference resource for home or school use. Comprehensive homework tools integrate homework project & research starters with the Dictionary & Thesaurus, Literature Guides and Chart Maker to create a complete research center to help students achieve greater success in the classroom. New to 2004 is a collection of videos from Discovery Channel and a new Visual Browser providing users with a rich and dynamic way to make learning fun.

Key Benefits

Comprehensive Homework and Research tools with Dictionary & 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.

New video content from Discovery Channel. Explore a collection of 20 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 2004 both timely and accurate.

A wealth of relevant information on virtually any subject. With one search, access up-to-date, rich and reliable content and multimedia from Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe, Encarta World Atlas, Encarta Africana, live Streaming Media, web links from Web Center, literature guides, translation dictionaries and many additional resources – all in one place. Adding the new Visual Browser provides an innovative way to discover relationships between articles and multimedia content.

What's New

Video content from Discovery Channel A collection of 20 high-quality videos.

Visual Browser New way to explore relationships between articles and multimedia content. Unique display facilitates easier navigation among articles.

Standard Features

New and updated articles mean you have access to current information.

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 Guide 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 Encarta's collection of familiar and contemporary quotations from literature, entertainment, and the news.

Improved Features

Dictionary Tools Encarta takes the dictionary a step further by providing easy access to Encarta Thesaurus, Book of Quotations, plus a Translation Dictionary that translates English words to French, Spanish, German or Italian… and back again!

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System Requirements

Computer/Processor Multimedia PC with a 200-MHz or higher processor
Memory 32 MB for Windows 98, Windows Me.
64 MB for Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP.
Hard Disk Up to 300 MB of available hard-disk space.
Drive DVD Drive
Display Super VGA 16-bit or higher monitor supporting 800x600 screen resolution.
Operating System Microsoft Windows® 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, or Windows XP operating system
Peripherals Input Devices: Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft Intellimouse® or compatible pointing device
Miscellaneous Optional: Local bus video with 1 MB or more of video memory. 16-bit sound card with speakers or headphones.
Reviewed by 1 customers
5 star(s) Excellent product providing instant help

By Hong Verified Buyer from MA on 2/22/2010

Primary Use: Personal
Pros: Easy To Navigate, Lots Of Information
Describe Yourself: Quality Oriented

Believe or not, I used MS Bookshelf 98 for over 10 years as a dictionary at my finger tip with both explanation and pronunciation. I finally upgraded to Encarta Dictionary Tools which is a part of Encarta Reference Library 2004. One may get all the information online from Enarta Web site, but having a dictionary at the finger tip showing the possible words being looked up while one types without depending on Internet connection is a much better experience.

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