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Reference work

A reference work is a compendium of information, usually of a specific type, compiled for ease of reference. That is, the information is intended to be quickly found when needed.

The writing style used in these works is informative; the authors avoid use of the first person, and emphasize facts. Indexes are commonly provided in many types of reference work. Most are updated as needed, typically with a new edition each year.

In libraries, these works are typically not allowed to be checked out.


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William Herschel

... (c.1800). Herschel changed his name after moving to England. His sister Caroline Herschel worked with him for many years and also did several discoveries on her own. ...