Major Types of Reference Tools

[Each discipline has specialized works in most of these categories;
refer to the Guide to Reference Books, 11th ed., to identify specific titles.
Its call number is(DR)Z1035.1 .G89 1996]

Hybrid Tools
Encyclopedias, both general and specialized
Surveys
College textbooks

Fact Tools

Almanacs
Atlases
Biographical compendia
Chronologies
Concordances
Dictionaries
Directories
Gazetteers
Handbooks & companions
Manuals
Plot summaries
Quotation books
Statistical abstracts
Thesauri
 

Finding Tools
Bibliographies
Catalogs
Citation databases
Indexes

Meta Tools
Bibliographies of bibliography
Guides to reference works
Web subject guides

Mary W. George
General and Humanities Reference Division
Princeton University Library
Spring 2000