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Complete Reference Library February 6, 2009

Complete Reference Library

The main menu in Complete Reference Library (Mindscape) puts you in a virtual office with all the equipment you need for work. Along with a printer, video camera, sound system, clip board, highlighter, and other standard research tools, you’ll find a bookshelf with the following ten reference works: Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language 3rd Edition, Roget II: The New Thesaurus, The 1994 Information Please Almanac, The Legal Word Book 3rd Edition, Wall Street Words, The Reader’s Companion to American History, Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, The Written Word III, and The National Directory of Addresses and Telephone Numbers. The manual is slight and not very good at explaining all the features of the program. Going to the on-screen Help will eventually set you straight. Once you figure out how to open the books – as many as you want at any time – everything falls into place. Similar to Microsoft Bookshelf ’94, this disc is a “must have” if you ever need anything more than a paperback dictionary. And it scores extra points for the imaginative interface.

– May 1995, Reference

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