Reference Tool ReviewA guide to books and websites that provide trustworthy answers and information
The Print Reference Section Years ago, all libraries hadReference Sections. Books in this section quickly answered questions. These books had to stay in the library.
Online Reference ToolsNow, the Reference Section isn’t as important. There are many online reference tools that quickly answer questions.
Print vs. Online How are print reference toolsdifferent from online reference tools? How are they the same?
AlmanacA book or website filled with facts, trivia, and statistics Find facts with keyword searches in Online Almanacs Use an index to find facts in Print Encyclopedias
AtlasA book or website filled with maps and information about different places Search in an Online Atlas to find specific places Use an index to find places in a Print Atlas
Dictionary A book or website that providesword definitions, spelling, and parts of speech Search an Online Dictionary to find words. Use Guide Words to locate words in a Print Dictionary
EncyclopediaA book or website filled with articlesthat provide facts and information on many subjects. Search for articles in Online Encyclopedias Use an index to find articles in Print Encyclopedias
PeriodicalsMost magazines and newspapers are available in print and online
ThesaurusA book or website that provides listssynonyms and antonyms for a word Search an Online Thesaurus to find words. Use Guide Words to locate words in a Print Dictionary
Image CreditsAll Print Title Covers are from Alexandria Online CatalogBritannica(screenshot) available atschool.eb.com/elementary, March 5, 2013Fact Monster (screenshot) available athttp://www.factmonster.com, March 5, 2013Google Maps (screenshot) available athttp://www.maps.google.com, March 5, 2013Word Central (screenshot) available athttp://www.wordcentral.com, March 5, 2013