Definitions for "Reference Books"
Books intended to be consulted in answer to a specific need rather than read through from start to finish. Some examples of reference books the Library provides are encyclopedias, directories, atlases, bibliographies, and dictionaries. Reference books are shelved by call number on the Library's main level.
books that are used for looking up information
are resources such as subject dictionaries and encyclopaedias. They provide definitions and background information on a topic and may be good starting points for any research project or problem.