Encyclopedia Comparison Review

Content Comparison by CCL-EAR Committee

  • The content of all three encyclopedias is solid and each would be an appropriate resource for a community college library, but each has its strengths and weaknesses.

Encyclopedia Americana consists of more than 100,000 articles covering history, science and the arts. Grolier combines the traditional Americana content with a few interesting tools and additional information resources. Unfortunately a difficult user interface makes it hard to get at the content.

 Britannica Online comprises original, authored articles, links to over 500 journals and magazines from EBSCO databases, and links to eBooks that are provided through Project Gutenberg.

As a basic encyclopedia World Book Complete Suite is a good choice for college libraries serving a large population of under-prepared students. However, due to reviewer concerns about entries for Ebooks and primary sources, some libraries may wish to make World Book Student as the default home page, as this interface does not have links to the problematic features.

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