Multimedia Britannica Comes to the Aid of the Homework Harried

Helpdesk resources, new daily features, better performance boost 2006 Ultimate

Reference Suite

Aug 16, 2005, 01:00 ET from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

    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
     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 ( ).
     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
 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
 ( ). The company makes its headquarters in Chicago.
 More information is available at .

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