Answered By: Eric Jeitner
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2020     Views: 70

Reference works are information sources, typically written to contain a large amount of broad information on a number of topics. They are called "reference works" because users often refer to them for basic information. For this reason, they are usually not read cover-to-cover.

Common examples of reference works are encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, concordances, glossaries, thesauruses, instruction or owners manuals, directories, and yearbooks.

Reference works can be databases or print books.

Print reference books are mostly shelved on the main floor of the library near the Quiet Study Zone and DVDs. Unlike regular books, print reference books cannot be checked-out.