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March 19, 1996 | JEFF KASS
Officials alerted residents Monday to reports of a salesman falsely representing Santa Ana Unified School District as a beneficiary of encyclopedia sales. The district has received two complaints from Roosevelt Elementary School parents, officials said, one of whom was distressed that the district had recommended that parents buy encyclopedias priced at $1,800 a set. The district has notified schools to report people selling products that they say will benefit the district.
April 23, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
When Adrianne Wadewitz became a Wikipedia contributor 10 years ago she decided to use a pseudonym, certain that fellow scholars at Indiana University would frown on writing for the often-maligned "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. " But Wadewitz eventually came out as a Wikipedian, the term the encyclopedia uses to describe the tens of thousands of volunteers who write and edit its pages. A rarity as a woman in the male-centric Wikipedia universe, she became one of its most valued and prolific contributors as well as a force for diversifying its ranks and demystifying its inner workings.
December 12, 1998 | Associated Press
New York University Press has signed a contract to produce a three-volume Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before the Holocaust. It is to cover the history of Jewish communities before they were destroyed by Nazi Germany, according to NYU Press Director Niko Pfund. The 1,800-page work, with 150 illustrations, is scheduled to be published in early 2001. The project has been in the planning stages for 30 years.
May 30, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
If you haven't heard of Baroness Barbe-Julie von Krudener, you've missed a good yarn. She was a child of wealth and privilege in the 19th century Governorate of Livonia. A life of social climbing, dalliance, literary ambition and finally religious conversion led to a Rasputin-like influence over Alexander I, czar of Russia. And that was not all. I discovered the now obscure story of the baroness while paging through the "Jerez-Libe" volume of my 1950 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Ephraim Katz is alive and well and living in New York and, at long last, working on a revised edition of his monumental "The Encyclopedia of Film." These tidings will probably not be universally understood or hailed, but to thousands of serious film fans and film journalists, the news is very good indeed. The Katz encyclopedia, first published in 1979, is widely regarded as the best one-volume compendium on film information there is.
"A" is for American Indian Movement, Anarcho-Syndicalism, Anti-fascism, Atheism and Attica, among other topics. "B" is for Edward Bellamy, Black Panther Party, Bohemian Americans and Harry Bridges. "C," above all else, is for Communist Party U.S.A. These are entries in the new "Encyclopedia of the American Left," an exhaustive, 928-page reference work that offers a sympathetic look at the radical side of American history.
March 1, 1995 | From Associated Press
In the latest thrust at Microsoft Corp., officials from a large software company made an unusual public complaint Tuesday, saying that Microsoft will not allow them on its on-line service because they make a rival electronic encyclopedia. The charge adds to the list of gripes about anti-competitive practices of Microsoft, the world's largest developer of personal computer software.
Woody Allen and Anorexia Nervosa were inducted in 1981. Brown Lung, Endorphin and Volkswagen made it the next year. Then came Barcoding, Tofu and Josef Mengele. This year, it finally became Reggae's turn to grace the pages of the World Book Encyclopedia, the leather-bound intellectual cheat sheet used without fail by generations of students. Manuel Antonio Noriega ("a military leader who controlled Panama") also made the grade for the first time this year, as did Joe Montana.
They have known hard times before, the makers of Soviet encyclopedias. There were all those awkward junctures such as the time when Josef Stalin's infamous chief of the secret police, Lavrenti Beria, fell into disgrace and all Great Soviet Encyclopedia owners were ordered to cut his entry out of the "B" volume and paste in more than anyone could ever want to know about the Bering Strait.
It's time for another Cyburbia encyclopedia CD-ROM showdown! Back in 1994, just as the CD-ROM market was poised to take off, we looked at the three digital encyclopedias to compare their content, ease of use and multimedia features. Now that the CD-ROM market has peaked and undergone a tremendous down slide (or shakeout, depending how you look at it), it's time to examine the latest contenders in computer encyclopedias.
January 13, 2013 | By Sue Gardner
Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can write and edit (yes, even you!), but most people don't think much about who performs those tasks. With half a billion people around the world relying on Wikipedia for information, we should. More than 1.5 million people in practically every country have contributed to Wikipedia's 23 million articles. Actually, that last figure isn't quite accurate, since more than 12,000 new entries are created every day. Eight articles were created in the last minute.
May 20, 2012 | By Peter Garrison
These days, the sound of the digital scythe being whetted makes me cast more lingering looks at the paper and cardboard relics on my bookshelves. At none more, since the announcement in March of their imminent extinction, than the familiar brown and gold, oddly titled volumes of my 1958 Encyclopedia Britannica: HYDROZ to JEREM, MARYB to MUSHE, SARS to SORC. During my teenage years, when my thirst and respect for knowledge were at an unsustainable peak, I resolved to read the Britannica from one end to the other.
March 14, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Encyclopedia Britannica is closing the book on its print edition. The move may be the single most powerful symbol to date of our rapidly changing media world, a world in which hard copies of books could become a quaint thing of the past. Today, we clutch iPads and Kindles and Nooks, bragging about how they lighten our load and encourage us to read more. When we want to "look something up," we're far more likely to reach for our laptops than walk across the room to thumb through a reference book.
May 22, 2010 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ronald Gottesman, a retired USC English professor who co-edited the "Norton Anthology of American Literature: Volumes I and II" published in 1979, died May 10 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of complications from pneumonia, USC announced. He was 77. Gottesman taught American literature and American studies at USC from 1975 to 2001. As a scholar, he specialized in American novelist Upton Sinclair, film studies including the work of Orson Welles and movie depictions of King Kong, and violence in American life.
November 30, 2009 | By Karen Ravn
There's an old Jerry Seinfeld joke many pharmacists know all too well. It's the one in which he describes their "whole job" as taking pills from a big bottle and putting them in a little bottle. "I think that's how a lot of people see us," says Jeff Goad, an associate professor at the USC School of Pharmacy, with both frustration and good humor. FOR THE RECORD: Pharmacist advice: A Nov. 30 article about the role of pharmacists in providing drug information stated that pharmacists are generally paid on the basis of how many prescriptions they fill.
June 7, 2009 | Monica Hesse, Hesse writes for the Washington Post.
A little more than a decade ago, researchers at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum decided to create an encyclopedia of concentration camps. They assumed the finished work would be massive, featuring 5,000 to 7,000 camps and ghettos. They underestimated by about 15,000. Their ultimate count of more than 20,000 camps is far more than most scholars had known existed and could reshape public understanding of the scope of the Holocaust. "What's going to happen is that the mental universe of how scholars operate is going to change," said Steven Katz, director of Boston University's Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies.
The most ambitious gardening encyclopedia in Great Britain, with roots back to 1629, has been published in four volumes by Macmillan in London and Stockton Press in New York. Although written for British gardeners, it will be considered a leading authority throughout the world. "The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening" costs $795 and includes 3,200 pages and 4,000 line drawings.
July 12, 1998 | PATT MORRISON
In some decades-off family-bonding moment, children now unborn will nod indulgently and exchange significant looks as Grandma natters on about a time when men and women came to her front door, in the flesh, uninvited, unannounced--no security clearance, no metal detector--just to sell stuff. Vacuum cleaners. Magazine subscriptions. Cosmetics. Encyclopedias. Uh-huh, sure, Grandma. Whatever you say.
June 5, 2009 | Kate Linthicum
The Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia has blocked all contributions from computers at the Church of Scientology's Los Angeles headquarters to stop users there from revising articles to reflect a pro-Scientology viewpoint. The site has also banned some critics of the controversial religion from editing Scientology articles to tamp down a long-standing battle between the two groups, a Wikipedia spokesman said.
April 1, 2009 | Associated Press
Microsoft Corp.'s digital encyclopedia, Encarta, might have pushed its printed competitors off the shelves in some homes. Now Encarta itself has fallen victim to changes in technology, made all but obsolete by the likes of Web search and Wikipedia. Microsoft said it would shut down the online version of Encarta in October and would discontinue sales of the PC software by June. Encarta was first sold to computer users as a CD-ROM-based encyclopedia in 1993.
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