Almanac An almanac is an annual publication composed of various lists, charts, and tables of useful information in many unrelated fields.
Atlas An atlas is a bound collection of maps which may illustrate themes such as historical development, social development, and scientific centers.
Biographical Dictionary Biographical dictionaries provide a brief summary of data about a person. Some cover living people and some dead people, a few cover both.
Dictionary A dictionary is a book listing a comprehensive or restricted selection of the words of a language, identifying usually the phonetic, grammatical, and semantic value of each word, often with etymology, citations, usage guidance and other information. Unabridged dictionary: a dictionary that has not been shortened by the omitting terms or definitions; a comprehensive dictionary.
Geographical Dictionary A geographical dictionary is a quick-reference source of basic information on the world’s continents, countries, regions, cities, and natural features which appear in a single alphabetical list to speed use. All maps appear with the main entry.
Encyclopedia Encyclopedias contain informational articles on subjects in every field of knowledge, usually arranged in alphabetical order. Encyclopedias are good for fact-finding, getting general information about a subject or starting a research project.
Indexes An Index is an alphabetical or systematic arrangement of terms used as a guide to the contents of books, periodicals, or a group of documents, which indicate where information can be found.
Indexes American Poetry The Book of Living Verse
Periodical Guide A periodical guide is a magazine index referenced by author and subject. Book reviews are in a separate section and are arranged alphabetically by author. Each entry contains all the necessary information to find the article. Abbreviations are held to a minimum, and they are clearly explained in the front of the index.
Sample from Readers Guide to Periodical Literature Alexie, S. Ten little Indians The New York Times Book Review v108no24 p13 Je E. Weinberger
Quotation Book A quotation book is a reference book used to find the precise source of a quote. I have gathered a posie of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own. John Bartlett
Thesaurus A thesaurus is a book of words or of information about a particular field or set of concepts; specifically, it is a dictionary of synonyms.
Let’s Play Reference Race [Finding the correct source for information.]
What time did the sun rise on Jan. 1, 1981? ALMANAC
I want to learn about the Revolutionary War. Encyclopedia
Why was Janet Scudder famous? biographical dictionary
How can I get from New York City to Chicago? atlas
In what state is Callaway County? geographical dictionary
Where can I find a magazine article about dolphins? periodical guide [print] Or EBSCO [online]
What does sovereignty mean? dictionary
What is a synonym for great? thesaurus
Where are the major cities of Australia located? atlas
Which book is used as a resource to find the poem O Captain! My Captain! ? Granger’s Poetry Index
Which of these reference books contain biographical information about all who have served as president of the United States? Almanac World Book Dictionary of American Biography