McGraw-Hill Multimedia Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
McGraw-Hill Multimedia Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (McGraw-Hill) is an admirable reference tool. It contains numerous databases: encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, study guides, maps, sky maps, animations and illustrations. You can search by scrolling within a category, or you can Search or Quick Search by typing in a search word or advanced search criteria. A toolbar – very familiar to Windows users – offers a number of features: Find, Go To, and, where available, buttons for animations, photos, or illustrations. The best feature is the Reverse Cross-Reference button. Where plain old cross-references are available at the end of an encyclopedia article, this feature gets you to articles which use the article currently open as a cross- reference. If you’re looking for a science encyclopedia with a lot of multimedia elements, look elsewhere – what’s offered here is very minimal. As for content, it depends who you are and what you need. It’s fine for high school kids or those of us who want a decent, handy reference guide. For those who want to explore a scientific subject in depth, you’ll want more.
– May 1995
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