Simply put, the research options button provides one click access to particular reference books and research sites that the Microsoft Office 2007 suite provides as information resources. For example, the Research services to choose from include dictionaries, thesauruses, and various Internet research Web sites in several languages. The Research pane also includes a very useful translation service.
The research functionality includes quite a few known resources as can be seen from the dropdown. Third party reference mines like Dow Jones' Factiva iWorks, the premiere online library HighBeam, Gale Company Profiles and Microsoft's own Live Search coupled with its rich Encarta dictionary and encyclopedia.
If you're buying Encarta to help a child with classwork, you might consider paying a bit more for the $69.95 Student 2007. Student includes Encarta and on top of that, adds homework help, such as term-paper tutorials, foreign-language verb conjugations, a graphing calculator, and step-by-step assistance with equations, complete with answer keys. 2b1af7f3a8