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ENGLISH: Background Information

Reference Books

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks provide basic and background information on almost any subject.

Dictionary: Provides the meaning of words in a language or field of knowledge.

Encyclopedia: A single or multi-volume reference work that provides general background articles on either a wide range of topics or a more specialized discipline.

Handbook: A compact reference book giving the essential information in a given field of study.

Online Reference Sources

Encyclopedias

Dictionaries

Handbooks

Indexes