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.