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Reference Materials by Bedford Highschool July 08, 2009

Noreen Jeone Alonzo

on 25 September 2012

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Library Orientation
Reference Materials Seven Common Types
of 4. What is an
Atlas? 1. What is a Dictionary?

A reference book containing an alphabetical list of words, with information given for each word, usually including meaning and pronunciation. Types of Specialized Dictionaries
Biographical Dictionary
Geographical Dictionary Biographical dictionaries
are used to find information about famous people
they usually contain brief facts about the person’s life such as: birthdate, major accomplishments and events that have made the person famous Geographical Dictionaries

contain information about places
provide information about a place such as location, population, industry and famous landmarks 2. What is a Thesaurus? A book of synonyms, often including related and contrasting words and antonyms

A Thesaurus is used to find words that mean the same or opposite as another word.

They are simple to use - just look up your word and a thesaurus will give you the list of synonyms and antonyms for that word. 3. What is an Encyclopedia? A comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically.

An Encyclopedia is used to find information about a person, place, or thing. An Atlas is a book of maps.

Atlases are used to find specific locations such as: country, state, city or geographic formation. 5. What is an Almanac? An Almanac is a book of facts that provide brief, useful and interesting information relating to countries of the world, sports, entertainment, etc.

They are updated every year so they always contain the most current information available. The next few slides describes different situations. You must decide what type of reference material would be the BEST and FASTEST way to find the information. Who has the answer? Challenge Question One •

Your family is going on vacation to see the Mayan ruins in Mexico. You want to find more information about the ancient civilization. • Where would you find this type of information? Answer:

Great Job!!! Challenge Question Two •
Your family is planning a vacation to Florida. You are going to Universal Studios! Your father is trying to decide what interstate he needs to take. • What reference material should he use to find this information? Answer:

Great Work!!!! Challenge Question Three •
You want to find out which NFL player had the most touchdowns in 2008. • Which reference material would you use? Answer:

Fantastic!!!!! Challenge Question Four •
You are writing an essay on To Kill a Mockingbird. You want to find another word to use instead of saying ‘great’. • What reference material would you use to find another word for ‘great’? Answer:

Wonderful Job!!!! Challenge Question Five •
Jane is beginning to write an essay in Sophomore English. She is trying to find the birthdate of Ernest Hemingway. • What reference material would she use to quickly find this information? Answer:
Biographical Dictionary

Fantastic Job!!!! 7. What is a Vertical Index? Is a list of photographs and newspaper article clippings that are considered to be of interest to the users. It is organized and divided into two components in which the subject are arrange alphabetically.
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