Reference works, either print or online, provide factual information on general or specialized subjects. A reference book is usually consulted briefly to determine specific information especially on a topic that is unfamiliar or too broad. They explain the main concepts, arguments, major scholars, books, and articles in the field. Students often need a subject encyclopedia to find the foundational elements of the topic they’re researching. Reference books are a great place to start research.
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