Encyclopedia Americana

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Online features include linking to the Encyclopedia Americana, the New Book of Knowledge, the article update and the Grolier Internet Index.
Combined with the 22,000 additional articles available online from Encyclopedia Americana and The New Book of Knowledge, the article count jumps to 58,000.
Through Grolier's Online Knowledge Explorer, users can easily access the software's two additional online encyclopedias: The New Book of Knowledge, which includes selected easy-to-read articles and basic background information for elementary-aged children and their parents, and The Encyclopedia Americana, which provides thousands of authoritative, in-depth articles geared to high school, college-age, and adult users.
Grolier does not offer download service to update its entries but instead takes you to the online Encyclopedia Americana and The New Book of Knowledge for current information about the article you looked up in the CD-ROM version.
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.
At $499, the Encyclopedia Americana costs more but is still well worth the money for college and large public libraries.
Encyclopedia Americana is also a well-respected though significantly smaller encyclopedia, popular with many universities and colleges.
Grolier's sister publication, Encyclopedia Americana, is also available online.
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.
Encyclopedia Americana Online (http://ea.grolier.com) provides access to over 45,000 articles published in Encyclopedia Americana.
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.