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Reference Sources: Hanbooks and Manuals

A guide on the types of reference sources

Handbooks and Manuals

Handbooks and manuals are subject area tools. Handbooks provide facts, terms, concepts, movements, etc. of a topic. Manuals provide detailed instructions on a particular subject, such as how-to-do something or how something works.

  • Handbooks:Cults in America: A Reference Handbook, Handbook of Learning Disabilities, Words and Ideas: A Handbook for College Writing, Handbook of Mathematical Formulas, MLA Handbook For Writers of Research Papers.
  • Manuals: Manual of Photography, Manual for Environmental Impact Evaluation,The Chicago Manual of Style, United States Government Manual.