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Education: The Complete Encyclopedia (CD-ROM) contains full text, extensively updated, of the acclaimed leading reference works International Encyclopedia of Education, 2nd Edition, published in 12 volumes, and the Encyclopedia of Higher Education, published in 4 volumes.
Complete resource for educational research
Together these two encyclopedias provide a complete resource for educational research - and they have been extensively updated since their first publication. This CD-ROM provides educational researchers, teachers and students at universities, institutes of education and colleges with a unique information resource, unrivaled in its depth of coverage of all aspects of educational research.
Important additional features
There are full-text searching capabilities offered in the electronic edition. The CD-ROM features a customized interface, multiple tables of contents arranged both thematically and sequentially, and extensive cross-referencing. An important additional feature is the inclusion of 17,000 abstracts supplied from the ERIC® (Educational Resources Information Center) database, assisting the reader in the identification of further reading.
Easy access and functionality
Information on the CD-ROM can be accessed in many ways - by browsing the tables of contents, on searching by author, contributor or topic, or by using the thematic guide which is based on the classified list of entries. Keywords can also be used in a natural-language or Boolean search. References in the text are hot-linked to the full ERIC® abstract where this is available to help make your searching more complete.
Education: The Complete Encyclopedia (CD-ROM) offers you:
Approximately 1,600 articles, fast and effective access to 16 volumes of information on educational research and practice, extensive cross-referencing and indexing, approximately 33,000 fully verified literature references, references linked to full ERIC® references and abstracts, unrivaled search facilities, over 1,000 internationally renowned contributors, extensive international coverage of the field, the most comprehensive work that embraces all relevant educational research and practice in the field.
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Dr Richard William Cox, University of Manchester, UK
The encyclopedia is exceptionally easy to use...I found the entries to be informative and well researched with reference to the very recent published literature.
Dr Richard William Cox, University of Manchester, UK
...a major reference source covering the entire education field. I was impressed by Education: The Complete Encyclopedia. The new format is clearly the way forward...
Education: The Complete Encyclopedia provides an interactive computerised version of the 2nd edition of the International Encyclopedia of Education (1994) and the Encyclopedia of Higher Education (1992), both well known and respected multi-volume reference works. Collectively they provide a major reference source covering the entire education field. This includes in-depth information on hundreds of topics ranging from ability to zoology, by way of assessment, learning theories and professional associations.
Each of the entries has been written by a commissioned author or authors who are recognised by their peers as experts in their field. The majority of entries are detailed, up-to-date, referenced and, in some cases, with useful hyperlinks to articles and cross references to other occurrences of the selected search term within the encyclopedia. An important additional feature of this electronic version (over its hard copy counterpart) is the inclusion of numerous abstracts of references supplied from the ERIC® (Education Resource Information Centre) database to assist the user in the identification of further reading.
Ease of Use The encyclopedia is exceptionally easy to use with lists of subjects, author(s), titles, themes, contributors, name, table and figure captions contained in a left hand frame of the main display. To the right of the main window displaying the results of a search are: · The Search Window, which allows both simple and complex queries. AND Complex 3.5 software offers several ways in which information can be found. You can look up all occurrences of a word or phrase and use Boolean operators to refine your search. · The Results Window, which displays the results of a search. · The History Window, which lists the articles visited in the current and previous series. · The Spike Window, which shows a list of all articles that have been placed on a spike (i.e., bookmarked for future reference). This is a useful facility when putting something together from several sources in the encyclopedia. · The Local Find Window, which allows a simple word search within the article that is currently displayed on the screen. · The User Notes Window, which allows the user to attach comments to an article. This has obvious advantages and is better than pencilling in comments on hard copy. · The Print Window, which obviously facilitates your printing off a hard copy of the article or selected text.
Scope and coverage In most areas in which I had a detailed knowledge, including relatively obscure subjects such as physical education in several different countries, I found the entries to be informative and well researched with reference to the very recent published literature.
The software enables the user to make a direct link to Word and/or WordPerfect so that they can readily cut and paste information as required.
Conclusion All in all, I was impressed by Education: The Complete Encyclopedia. The new format is clearly the way forward and the choice of AND Complex will facilitate using it in combination with other CD-ROM products using this technology. To my knowledge it is without direct competition in the specific field of education.
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L.L. Scarth, Mount Mercy College
...The international roster of editors and contributors make the content truly global―useful to many disciplines including business, political science, sociology and psychology as well as education. The impressive indexes include subjects, article themes (general topics), contributors, cited authors, table and figure captions and full text. ...Help screens and toolbar choices help formulate straightforward or very complex queries. Searchers can use the indexes or search the dialog window for global or detailed queries. Results and history windows can be called at any time. ...The toolbar icons are cryptic (as is often the case) and sometimes amusing, but easy to learn...the full-text database, powerful search capability, and possibility of network installation make this a valuable resource for college and university libraries.
Based on the printed International Encyclopedia of Education (1994. 2d ed.) and the Encyclopedia of Higher Education (1992), this disc provides seamless searching of all 16 volumes of these two major reference works. While some articles and bibliographies have been updated, the total number of entries (approximately 1500) remains about the same as in the two print sources. Important additions include 20 new profiles of national systems of education (i.e., Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovakia) and access to ERIC abstracts for educational documents in the article bibliographies. While hotlinks to these 17,000 substantive summaries are a significant enhancement, it is disappointing that ERIC accession numbers were not included, since ERIC microfiche is the primary means of access to these materials. Subject, contributor, and cited author indexes already available in print are supplemented with new indexes to article titles, themes, table and figure captions, and the full text. An advanced search option adds Boolean operators, wild cards, case sensitivity, and accents. Because most of the indexes are phrase and not keyword indexes, it is necessary to use the truncation device (*) to obtain expected results. Locked-in case sensitivity in simple searches results in unusual sorting ("Diversity"; "diversity"), requiring the display of multiple entries for complete results. The Bottom Line: Additional indexes and advanced searching features aside, the primary value of Education: The Complete Encyclopedia is the expanded access that full-text searching provides. Since this is a revision and not a new edition, libraries that already own the print probably will find that this expanded access does not justify the high price. Recommended with reservations for large public and academic libraries.AKathleen Donovan, Gutman Lib., Graduate Sch. of Education, Harvard Univ.
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