CHICAGO, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Students facing homework, papers and other assignments have new weapons in their scholarly arsenal with Encyclopaedia Britannica's Ultimate Reference Suite for 2006, now available on DVD and CD-ROM. The latest version of Britannica's multimedia software, which leads the field in depth of coverage, includes Homework Helpdesk, a collection of special features that help students complete assignments at home. Helpdesk has guides to preparing papers and presentations, learning games and activities and easy access to statistics on the countries of the world, among other features. Also new this year are features on history, people and animals that are updated daily, making it easy and enjoyable for users to learn something new every day. The interface has been redesigned for easier use, and the product's overall performance has been improved. The product has three encyclopedias: the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica Student Encyclopedia and Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia. Each encyclopedia forms the cornerstone of an integrated "reference library" with its own distinctive interface that includes a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and timelines appropriate to the age of the user. Young students can advance to the next level when they're ready, and adults can use it all their lives. Unlike other multimedia reference products, which focus mainly on students in the middle grades, the Ultimate Reference Suite provides information for everyone from young children to adults in one place. "The Ultimate Reference Suite continues to be the reference product for everyone, from grade school to graduate school and beyond," said Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. "This year it's more useful than ever." Other features include: -- Britannica BrainStormer(TM). This popular visual browser provides an exhilarating ride though the encyclopedia, making research easier and more fun. BrainStormer's performance has been enhanced this year, and users can now access it through keyword search. -- 166,000 online links to magazine articles and high-quality Web sites. -- Merriam-Webster's Dictionary & Thesaurus. -- Rich multimedia: thousands of images, audio and video clips that bring subjects to life. The 2006 edition, for Windows and Macintosh computers, is available on DVD and CD-ROM. Customers get downloadable updates for a year and a 90-day subscription to Britannica's online service ( http://www.britannica.com ). The product carries a suggested retail price of $49.95 US. It's available where software is sold and direct from Britannica. Customers can call 1-800-323-1229 or go to http://store.britannica.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=665&itemTyp e=PRODUCT&iMainCat=9&iSubCat=76&iProductID=665&show=all . About Encyclopaedia Britannica Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. has been a leader in reference and education publishing since 1768. Its products include the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, My First Britannica and the Britannica Discovery Library. Britannica also has many digital products for consumers, schools, libraries and universities, including Britannica Online School Edition ( http://new.school.eb.com/ ). The company makes its headquarters in Chicago. More information is available at http://www.britannica.com .
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