REFERENCE DESK

ALMANACS

What is an almanac?

  • an annual publication including weather forecasts and other miscellaneous information arranged according to the calendar of a given year
  • an annual publication containing tabular information in a particular field or fields arranged according to the calendar of a given year

DICTIONARIES & THESAURI

What is a dictionary?

  • a reference source in print or electronic form containing words usually alphabetically arranged along with information about their forms, pronunciations, functions, etymologies, meanings, and syntactical and idiomatic uses
  • a reference book listing alphabetically terms or names important to a particular subject or activity along with discussion of their meanings and applications
  • a reference book giving for words of one language equivalents in another
  • a computerized list (as of items of data or words) used for reference (as for information retrieval or word processing)

What is a thesaurus?

  • a book of words or of information about a particular field or set of concepts
  • a book of words and their synonyms
  • a list of subject headings or descriptors usually with a cross-reference system for use in the organization of a collection of documents for reference and retrieval

ENCYCLOPEDIAS

MAPS & ATLASES

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