Computers: Short Circuiting Reference Books

Students are beginning to tap into on-screen encyclopedias

Rarely have school librarians seen so many children so eager to get at the encyclopedia. At Lindbergh School in Palisades Park, N.J., about 600 pupils a week read it. At Princeton High School in Princeton, N.J., 30 children a day use it. At Palisades Park High School, 15 students line up each weekday by 8 a.m. to get their chance to scan it. The object of all this excitement is the Academic American, an electronic encyclopedia.

The Academic American Encyclopedia is carried by the Dow Jones...

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