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Reference Sources: Directories

A guide on the types of reference sources


Directories provide names, addresses, affiliations, etc. of people, organizations, or institutions. They can be used to verify addresses, name spellings, and provide contact information. As in other reference sources, directories may be general or focused on a particular subject.

  • General directories: Zip Code & Post Office Directory, Encyclopedia of Associations
  • Subject directories: Taft Phone Directory, Museums of the World, The Encyclopedia of Photography: An A-to-Z Visual Directory