Tag Archives: Encyclopedias

Gale Virtual Reference Library Continues to Grow with the Addition of Nearly 200 New eBooks from Encyclopaedia Britannica

“Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the addition of nearly 200 new children’s reference titles from revered publisher, Encyclopaedia Britannica, to its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ebook platform. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction from more than 100 publishers to all types of libraries. The addition of these new titles brings the total eBooks available on the platform to more than 8,000, with over 500 from Encyclopaedia Britannica.” (via Cengage Learning)

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Knowledge at Your Fingertips: The Britannica and Merriam-Webster Apps for Windows 8

“Today Microsoft launches its new Windows 8 operating system, and Encyclopaedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster are proud to announce the release of our Windows 8 applications. Available now in the Windows 8 app store, these two products mark the next step in the digital evolution of our iconic brands. I have been preparing Encyclopaedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster for the Windows 8 launch for some time, leading our development efforts in creating these truly stunning applications. This new medium has provided the ideal platform for us to give our users so much more than our core content.”

via Britannica Blog

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Bing introduces New Britannica Online Encyclopedia Answers

Bing Search Blog – “A core focus for us here at Bing has been about delivering relevant information in a more organized way to help you find what you need more quickly and get stuff done. An example of this approach has been seen in our answers feature – a snippet of information designed to give you a quick look at what you’re searching for while also giving you the option to dig deeper into the results. Starting today, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica to include Britannica Online answers directly in the Bing results page.”

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Can Britannica Rule the Web?

WSJ – “Despite Wikipedia, more people pay to access the encyclopedia website annually than paid for the print edition in any year.”

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Teachers are Becoming More Hip To Wikipedia

The Next Web – “Wikipedia hasn’t won the war against dead-tree companies yet, but research shows that the education system is slowly adopting it as tool in the classroom. As of 2012, 73% of teachers prohibit the use of Wikipedia for research by their students. That’s down from 86% in 2005, and shows a steady rise of adoption. The likely reason for things not moving along faster is that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, causing concern about the accuracy of its information. Even though teachers aren’t completely sold, nearly 8 out of every 10 students still turn to Wikipedia first for research purposes.”

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Encyclopedic Knowledge, Then vs. Now

NYTimes – “It’s hard to look at the end of the Encarta experiment without the free and much larger Wikipedia springing immediately to mind. But Encarta arguably would have failed even without that competition. The Google-indexed Web forms a virtual encyclopedia that Encarta never had a chance of competing against.”

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Start Writing the Eulogies for Print Encyclopedias

New York Times – “IT has never been easier to read up on a favorite topic, whether it’s an obscure philosophy, a tiny insect or an overexposed pop star. Just don’t count on being able to thumb through the printed pages of an encyclopedia to do it.” (thanks Linda)

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