What Are Reference Books?
REFERENCE BOOKS DEFINED
"Where Should I Start My Research Paper?"
Reference Books provide a quick way to look something up. They are a good place to start a research paper.
DEFINITIONS and EXAMPLES:
A book of maps with or without text.
Example: Rand McNally Atlas
A book of information about people who are well known in a particular field.
Example: Who's Who
Definitions, spellings, and pronunciations of words, arranged in alphabetical order.
Example: The American Heritage Dictionary
The names and addresses as well as other facts about specific groups, persons, or organizations.
Example: Guide to Summer Camps
Information on just about every subject arranged in alphabetical order.
Example: Encyclopaedia Britannica
A geographical index with the names of places and their locations.
Example: Chambers World Gazetteer: An A-Z of Geographical Information
Information and directions, often for travelers.
Example: Fodor's Travel Guides
Instructions on how to do or make something.
Example: A Manual for Automotive Repair
Synonyms, or near synonyms, for words as well as related terms.
Example: Roget's Thesaurus
Current information on a wide range of topics.
Example: Guinness Book of World Records