Be aware that the titles of reference material may be misleading. For example, dictionaries may be called encyclopaedias and vice versa.
|Dictionaries or Encyclopaedias
||Provide introductory information such as a definition, description, and brief history. Subject specific encyclopaedias concentrate on specific topics within a discipline.
||Find background or introductory information.
||MacQuarie Dictionary, International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences,
Grove music online
||A collection of dates, facts and figures.
||Confirm a date, fact or figure.
||The World almanac and book of facts
||A collection of maps, geographic and/or spatial information. Also a collection of detailed illustrations of human anatomy.
||Find a map or detailed illustrations of human anatomy.
||Grant's atlas of anatomy
||A collection of essays and profiles of people and their lives.
||Find personal profiles.
||Provide a list of resources on a subject.
||Find additional materials on a topic.
||The new Cambridge bibliography of English literature
||List associations, institutions, or companies and provide information
||Locate an organisation or supplier.
|| The good universities guide
|Handbooks and manuals
||Provide basic factual and statistical information including tables, charts and graphs. Often include protocols and procedures.
||Find properties of substances, laboratory protocols and management procedures.
||Handbook of psychology online
|Year books and annuals
||An annual collection of facts, photographs or statistics often limited to a particular country or subject discipline.
||Find statistical data.