[Product Reviews-in-Brief]
compiled by Kathie Felix
News Editor, MultiMedia Schools
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Product Reviews-in-Brief provides concise, original reviews of new or important electronic resources useful for K-12 education. CD-ROMs, videodiscs, and magnetic is reviewed. Some products reviewed are specifically designed for schools; others are designed for a broader audience, but are relevant to school curricula.

Reviews are grouped into one of three categories: Elementary School Titles, Middle/High School Titles, and General Interest. These categories have been chosen for convenience and should not be viewed as prescriptive.

All reviews are written by librarians, media specialists, or school practitioners. In most cases, reviewers have either worked with students or observed students using the product. Their opinions are their own. If you are interested in writing reviews for MultiMedia Schools, please refer to the Author Guidelines.

We publish both favorable and unfavorable reviews-in-brief, based on careful and thoughtful analyses. Do remember, however, that circumstances differ. Evaluating any product--even within tightly defined guidelines--is a subjective process. You are the final judge of how well a product fits into your school curriculum.

To facilitate "comparative shopping," these reviews are highly structured. Reviewers prepare a "Report Card" based on the following five-star scale.

***** Outstanding--a "must buy" 
**** Highly Recommended 
*** Good 
** OK in some cases 
* Don't consider 
Maximum rating: Five Stars

The first few sections of each review provide factual product information--vital statistics such as telephone numbers, price, recommended educational level, and system requirements. Prices quoted are manufacturers suggested retail prices.

The reviewer's opinion on various issues appears under the "Reviewers Comments" section. More in-depth reporting on outstanding products and their applications appear in subsequent MultiMedia Schools feature arti cles.

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