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Close your eyes and picture this: a complete set of every National Geographic Magazine published over the last 108 years. Yellow borders, amazing pictures, insightful articles -- and approximately 40 linear feet of bookshelf, groaning under the weight!
Then imagine this: 30 CD-ROMs, neatly packaged in decade sets, each with a complete search engine, taking up less than 10 inches of shelf space. Which would you want gracing your library? If you yearn for completeness or neatness, The Complete National Geographic is the only way to go. But if you're looking for something to read in your easy chair, sipping a cup of something warm, you may want to stick to the traditional model.
The Complete National Geographic is also easy to use, in terms of scrolling through the pages, or finding specific issues. Each CD opens to a screen showing the covers of the issues. Click on a cover, and you enter that issue. VCR-style forward and back arrows control the scrolling, and another button allows you to zoom in for a closer look.
Date and issue-based searches are simple and foolproof. What about subject searches? Each article (and advertisement) has been indexed using a keyword system. Searches look for these index words -- if your search is for one of those words, the matching articles will be displayed. But since this is not a "full-text" search, it is possible to miss some articles which may be of interest to you.
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