Used to answer questions or find specific information. Examples include almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and indexes.
A reference book is a book designed to provide answers to specific questions or to give an overview of a subject. In general, reference books are used to find brief, factual information. Common reference books include encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, directories and dictionaries. Reference books in the Cochise College Libraries are set apart from the other books and are indicated with green call number labels and have the word "REFERENCE" typed above the call number. Some of the reference books available at the Libraries include: World Almanac McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Bartlett's Familiar Quotations Contemporary Authors Encyclopedia Britannica Oxford English Dictionary
Typically includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, directories, indexes, atlases, etc.
Located in the Reference Collection, Main Level 2, these materials are used to answer specific questions and to help users get started with research by providing background and factual information. They are not available for check-out.
In a library, the word reference may refer to a dictionary, encyclopedia, or other work that contains many brief articles that cover a broad scope of knowledge in one book, or a set of books. However, the word reference is also used to mean a book that cannot be taken from the room, or from the building.
Typically, materials that you use for answering quick, factual questions. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, directories, and bibliographies are all examples of reference materials. Before the explosion in the growth of the World Wide Web, reference materials existed mainly in paper. But as time goes on, you will see more online dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, etc. available on the Internet.
Reference materials are used frequently for general information regarding a process or a definition of a term, or background information on a subject. Types of reference materials may include encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, almanacs, handbooks, statistical directories, biographical handbooks and other related materials. These types of materials may not be checked out of the library. Relevance The method by which search results are ranked. It differs among search engines but is usually based on the number of times search words appear, how high they are on the page, if they are in the title, etc.
reference materials are usually used to find definite items of information. To provide quick access to everyone, these items cannot be checked out. Reference materials include almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and indexes.