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Reference Sources: Almanacs

A guide on the types of reference sources


In the traditional sense, an almanac is a publication containing astronomical and meteorological data for a given year that often includes other miscellaneous information. The Old Farmer's Almanac is a great example of this type of publication. Today almanacs contain statistics and facts about countries, events, personalities, or subjects. The World Almanac and Book of Facts is an example of this later definition.

Almanac resources have call numbers that begin with AY.

  • General almanacs include the Statistical Abstract of the United States, The New York Public Library Desk Reference, World Almanac (an American focus).
  • Subject almanacs include The Weather Almanac, The Almanac of Renewable Energy, Political Reference Almanac, and more.