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Reference Software -- The Big Picture

Reference software is typically designed to provide convenient access to vetted information and tools. When done well, it makes life -- be it homework for students, or 'real' work for adults - a bit easier.

  • Microsoft Student 2006 [for ages 12 to adult] from Microsoft, is a collection of factoids, tools and templates designed to bring helpful information on basic high school subjects into a single, easy-to-use interface. Not up to Microsoft's potential.

  • Microsoft Bookshelf 98 is an impressive all-purpose reference set. The dictionary, thesaurus, almanac, chronology, and computer dictionary are all excellent; the book of quotations and atlas are significantly weaker. We would recommend it for any student/writer who has the need for more than a couple of the reference books included in this title.

  • Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is a simpler, more focused reference work that provides an excellent dictionary and thesaurus.

Can't find one that meet your needs? Check out other Reference programs SuperKids has reviewed.


SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
Title
Publisher
Education
Value
Kid
Appeal
Ease
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
Microsoft Student 2006
    Microsoft
3.5 1.5 2.5 PC / Mac
Bookshelf 98
    Microsoft
5.0 4.5 4.5 PC / Mac
Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus
    Merriam-Webster
4.0 3.0 5.0 PC / Mac
Reviews of Other Reference Programs


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