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Encarta 2006 Reference Library £3.96
Encarta 2006 Reference Library £3.96

Encarta 2006 Reference Library £3.96

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For £4, anyone with school-aged children, or just as general reference, couldn't go wrong with this.


"over 68, 000 articles, over 25, 000 photos and illustrations, over 300 videos and animations, over 2, 500 sound and music clips, and an interactive atlas with over 1.8 million map locations"

"Childrens Encarta
Engage learners as young as seven with pictures, games, large icons, and a simple, colorful interface that encourages exploration. Childrens Encarta is designed for use with Key Stages 2 and 3 of the UK National Curriculum."

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sparc

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Why?

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sparc

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Hmm, they appear to be asking for $40 and up, rather more than £3.96. And they don't even give you a copy of wikipedia on dvd for that.

Ah, but Encarta doesn't have the "Spot-the-bogus-information game" that Wikipedia has. You can have hours of fun with that one! :-D

dudedude

Hmm, they appear to be asking for $40 and up, rather more than £3.96.



$40 (x100) is an example, and what they do with that money.

Its a donations system. :roll:

Wikipedia is free online, links are included at the end of each article if you want more information.

Is it cheap because this is the 2006 edition ?.

Golaboots888

Wikipedia is free online, links are included at the end of each article … Wikipedia is free online, links are included at the end of each article if you want more information.


The only problem being that any monkey can add to or amend the information.

Voted hot.

sparc

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Funniest thing I've seen in ages :roll: I for one wouldn't support their system - note I said theirs and not 'the' - it's overseen by a bunch of power tripping "£$%^&'s

Do people still buy Encarta? It's not really necessary if you have access to the internet.

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Jefft

Do people still buy Encarta? It's not really necessary if you have access … Do people still buy Encarta? It's not really necessary if you have access to the internet.



For £4, having access to a more reliable source of information than the internet seems like a good deal. For £40, maybe not.

Wikipedia was found to have 6 mistakes per page vs 4 mistakes per page on Encyclopaedia Britannica

Voted cold - seems pointless if you have the internet.

Thought about buying this then realised "the wife knows everything".:w00t:

cuzzy

Thought about buying this then realised "the wife knows everything".:w00t:




Ha ha . Guess who's getting the cold shoulder tonight . :-D

Stejay

The only problem being that any monkey can add to or amend the … The only problem being that any monkey can add to or amend the information.Voted hot.



The only problems occur in controversial articles which are very closely moderated, and frankly encarta wont even touch controversial subjects in any great detail anyway. Vandalism which is just school children having fun is very easy to spot.

Whats great about wikipedia? Compare a wikipedia article on general relativity with encarta. Look at articles on the wars of the roses. Pick any historic or scientific subject you want, wikipedia will have greater detail and have a level depth that is unmatched by encarta.

There is a reason why university level students resort to wikipedia and not encarta when writing essays. As stupid as this may be because it isnt really your own research and you may not be creating a proper list of references at the end (wikipedia does help with external links) it might not be scrutinised to a level which you otherwise might with secondary sources.

Ever since the internet came out these concerns existed throughout universities, a monkey could write a website and claim to be a good primary source. However, id like to see a single professor today that doesnt use the internet for reesearch. Opinions will change over time.

Stejay

The only problem being that any monkey can add to or amend the … The only problem being that any monkey can add to or amend the information.Voted hot.



The way that history itself is recorded is always the winner/most powerful persons version of events, don't think that anything like encarta will be infallible. Fact is so often altered in some way in records, the only difference between encarta and wikipedia is that some confused individuals actually pay for their inaccurate information, while others get theirs for free!
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