Definition of reference book in English:

reference book

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  • 1A book intended to be consulted for information on specific matters.
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    • It is of considerable value as a reference book - to be consulted for specific information on the general content, hierarchy and location of sources.
    • The principal use for this book is as a reference book and a guide to sources, unless one is offering a course on legal history, the history of international law and practice, peace keeping, or some such kindred subject.
    • It is less a book to be read through from start to finish than a guide book to be read in conjunction with the Confessions or a reference book to be consulted on specific topics.

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