MSN Search Offers Free Full Text Access to Encarta Encyclopedia

Researchers might be interested to learn that MSN Search is offering a free access to the full text (not just blurbs) of Microsoft's Encarta encyclopedia. This page offers details about how to get a free pass. No, registration is required.

Basically, when you click on a link to Encarta found on MSN Search results pages or in an MSN "direct answer," you're given a two hour free pass (set via a cookie) to the full text of the entire encyclopedia. Once your pass is activated, you can search and access the full text using Encarta search box. OK, your two hour pass has expired and you still want more. No problem! Simply return to MSN Search and click another Encarta link and your free pass is renewed.

* Exceptions: The Encarta free pass does not include access to homework tools, literature guides, and sidebars. Also, with your free pass, you can view thumbnails of MSN Encarta illustrations, photographs, audio, and video but not full-size images.