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Physics 498: Scholarly Communication in Physics: The Reference Books

Reference Books

Reference books provide general background information about a topic.  Reference books can be used to:

1.  To find a single definition, value, or property

  • Uses specialized dictionaries, handbooks, tables

2.  To begin work on a new topic

  • Reads authoritative and scholarly overviews of topics in encyclopedias.
  • Develops list of keywords or subjects to search

3.  To find more literature on a topic

  • Follows cited references

Reference Books from OWU Science Library