Encyclopedia Americana

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Encyclopedia Americana


(1) A universal encyclopedia published in the United States (New York). The first edition was printed in 1903–04 in 16 volumes. A carefully revised 30–volume edition of the encyclopedia, published in 1918–20, formed the basis for subsequent revisions, including the 1961 30–volume edition containing more than 60,000 articles.

The Encyclopedia Americana is intended for the general public; it has articles on natural and exact sciences, on engineering and economics, as well as on separate works of literature, music, and art. As a rule it contains informative articles, but there are also survey articles most often about separate countries and centuries—for example, the articles “The 18th Century” and “The 20th Century.” Especially detailed material is provided about the USA and other countries of America—for example, biographies of American public figures and descriptions of the states of the USA, cities, institutions, and so forth. Many articles in the encyclopedia are written from anti-Marxist and anti-communist viewpoints. A yearbook, Americana Annual, which supplements the encyclopedia with news for the year preceding that shown in the title, has been published since 1923.

(2) The name of a 13–volume encyclopedia published in 1829–48 in Philadelphia.

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The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (on disc) can be used for completing homework and term papers at the junior high to high school levels; The New Book of Knowledge (online) includes selected, easy-to-understand articles and basic background information for elementary-aged children and their parents; and the Encyclopedia Americana (online) provides thousands of authoritative, in-depth articles geared to more sophisticated high-school, college, and adult users.
The dictionary uses the same software -- CompLex -- as Encyclopedia Americana, which I praised in my last column.
Updated quarterly, Encyclopedia Americana Online ensures that subscribers have access to current and authoritative information on subjects from A to Z.
With Encyclopedia Americana Online, users have easy access to information with the factual integrity they need to research topics for school reports, special projects, or to satisfy their own curiosity.
At $499, the Encyclopedia Americana costs more but is still well worth the money for college and large public libraries.
Although this is not common (interestingly, Encyclopedia Americana also makes this distinction), it is definitely useful when searching for people with names that are common nouns, especially in light of the fact that a space between two terms implies a Boolean OR operation.
Indeed such studies were so common that they were reported in the 1969 Encyclopedia Americana.
Encyclopedia Americana does not offer multimedia filtering in searches.
Starting from the articles in the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, users can now obtain in-depth, comprehensive coverage from Encyclopedia Americana or easy-to-read, general information from The New Book of Knowledge, two other encyclopedias from Grolier.
With just a few clicks of the mouse, the user can access the more scholarly Encyclopedia Americana to get in-depth analysis of the man and his place in art history.
PLWeb Turbo provides subscribers searching Encyclopedia Americana Online with the ability to browse through and quickly access the full text of articles on the site and to locate entries enhanced with more than 1,000 tables, 1,200 pieces of line art, 816 maps, and 275 flags in full color.
Grolier also has a new 1996 Encyclopedia Americana (a mid-year release) with over 45,000i articles, 25 million words, and 1,200 charts, graphs, and drawings Features include printable maps and flags of all nations, 30,000 bibliographic citations, faster search capabilities, on-screen tutorial, and an improved interface.