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How To Find It - Reference Tools

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Need to know something? Looking for a fast answer? Reference books are information books that are kept in the library, ready-to-go. If you understand how to use these tools, finding information is faster and easier than booting up your computer! Information in reference books are fact-checked too.

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How To Find It - Reference Tools

  1. 1. How Do I Find Info? Using an: • Almanac • Atlas • Dictionary • Encyclopedia • Thesaurus 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  2. 2. Next Question Please! • What do you want to know? • Who, what, where, when, why, how? • Locate information 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  3. 3. Reference: Almanacs • Facts, figures • Information • Statistics • Frequently updated • Different types • Specialty almanacs • Different purposes 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  4. 4. Using Almanacs • Not alphabetical Table of Content • Organized by ideas • Use table of content or index • Varity of topics • Most up-to-date reference book 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  5. 5. When To Use Almanac • “One stop”, quick information • Examples: – Population – Economic data – Political trends – Weather 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  6. 6. Reference: Atlases • Maps, different kinds – Physical – Political – Climate – Economy – Religions – Vegetation – Ocean currents 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  7. 7. Using Atlases • Special atlases – Historical – Archaeology – The universe – Weather & MORE! • Organized in different ways 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  8. 8. When to Use Atlas • Find places • Learn about places • Understand countries, states, cities • Specialty topics 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  9. 9. Reference: Dictionaries • Word/phrase definitions pronunciation • Where words comes from • Alphabetical • Guide words at top of page 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  10. 10. Using Dictionaries • Must spell word Guide Words in right or be close Red Circles • A, B, C order • Use guide words – After first guide word – Before last one 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  11. 11. When to Use Dictionary • Learn words – Definition – Pronounce – Type of word (i.e. noun, verb) – Origin of word 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  12. 12. Reference: Encyclopedia • Information on many topics • Unlike WIKI, fact- checked by pros • Often multi-book sets • Specialty encyclopedias too 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  13. 13. Using Encyclopedias • Alphabetical • May have index • Can have maps • Be careful with data, figures • Check date published 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  14. 14. When to Use Encyclopedia • Background information • Preliminary research • Start research • Personal use • Overview 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  15. 15. Reference: Thesaurus • Alternative word • Different words, same meaning (synonyms) • Some offer words with opposite meaning (antonyms) 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  16. 16. Using Thesauruses • Dictionaries define words • Thesauruses give similar/opposite • Sometimes alphabetical • Sometimes by ideas (see contents or index) 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  17. 17. When to Use Thesaurus • Improve writing, use different words • Expand vocabulary • Look up definitions in dictionary • Find similar/opposite words in thesaurus 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com
  18. 18. Reference Tools • Not checked out • In library when you need them • Faster than computer boot-up or log-in • Fact-checked 2008, William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All rights reserved. www.breitlinks.com

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