Reference Books

This category is for questions and answers about reference books. This includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and almanacs.

Asked in Science, Biochemistry, Reference Books

Could somebody suggest some good books on biochemistry to read to put on personal statement?

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Lehninger's principles of Biochemistry.. Voet and Voet, Biochemistry Elliot and Elliot, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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How was the first dictionary made?

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The first dictionaries were available through the printing press, as they are today, but they had to be bound by hand. They used parchment for paper and either calf skin or wood for the covers. The first purely English alphabetical dictionary was A Table Alphabeticall, written by an English teacher named Robert Cawdrey in 1604. Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1775, however, is considered the first reliable dictionary produced. In 1806, American Noah Webster published his own dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In 1807 Webster began compiling a second expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language.
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Why are guide words important?

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In a dictionary the guidewords at the top of the page give the first and last words listed on the page. The words in the dictionary are in Alphabetical order. When you look at the guide words, you can tell if a particular word is on a particular page. Actually, they are far more useful than that. If you know your word starts with an M and you open your dictionary to a word that starts with a P, you know you have to move toward the front. You put a finger from your right hand on the page in the reference with the P and you open the dictionary toward the front. If you come to a page with an L you put a finger from your left hand on that page using it as a place marker. Then you work toward the M's. Every time you get closer to your word, you lift the finger on that side and move it to the new page. Soon you will hit your mark. Looking up names in telephone books works the same way.
Asked in Books and Literature, Reference Books

What are the uses of a dictionary?

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To look up the spelling and meaning of words, pronunciation, inflected forms of words, capitalization, etymology, word division, and much more, depending upon the dictionary. Considering the wide range of dictionaries by content, what makes someone choose a certain dictionary is its content.
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What is the importance of a dictionary?

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A dictionary is very useful to everybody who uses language, especially to students, teachers, researchers. Its useful importance is to give definition/meaning to words in order to clarify and make a person understand the word he/she searches for in the proper context.
Asked in English Language, Reference Books

What is a Specialised Dictionary?

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A specialised dictionary is one listing terms other than those standard to a language; terms not in everyday usage but used by specialists in a particular field. So, a specialised dictionary might give only definitions of medical or other scientific terms, of terms to do with music, or sewing, or motor vehicles, and so on.
Asked in Academic Writing, Books and Literature, Math and Arithmetic, Reference Books

Are there any indexes in a dictionary?

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Old-fashioned dictionaries often have an index, the outer edge of some pages being cut to show where the entries for each letter begin. Otherwise, of course the dictionary is its own index. The word index is one of those x words whose plural properly ends in "seeze:" index - indices ( unlike "process" which is not an x word and whose plural does not end in "seeze").
Asked in Grammar, Example Sentences, Reference Books

What are the uses of an almanac?

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Almanacs are books filled with information. The first person to write an almanac was Benjamin Franklin (the Poor Richards Almanac). Almanacs contain important dates, weather, top news stories of the year, statistics on the latest World series games, the world records, noteworthy achievements, facts about famous persons, population figures for countries all over the world, predictions, Holidays, Riddles, and other miscellaneous things.
Asked in ADD-ADHD, The Twilight Saga, Reference Books

Can you recommend any good books or other resources that can help someone whose life is affected by ADHD?

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Here is a list of books I found. These all seem to be popular books and received some pretty good reviews: Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley Driven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey ADD/ADHD Behavior-Change Resource Kit : Ready-to-Use Strategies & Activities for Helping Children with Attention Deficit Disorder by Grad L. Flick The Adhd Parenting Handbook: Practical Advice for Parents from Parents by Colleen Alexander-Roberts Attention Deficit Disorder : A Different Perception by Thom Hartmann, Edward M. Hallowell, Michael Popkin How to Reach and Teach ADD/ADHD Children by Sandra F. Rief I also found these books dealing with adults with ADD: YOU MEAN I'M NOT LAZY, STUPID OR CRAZY?!: A Self-help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder by Kate Kelly & Peggy Ramundo Out of the Fog: Treatment Options and Coping Strategies for Adult Attention Deficit Disorders by Suzanne Kevin/Levert Murphy Adult ADD : The Complete Handbook by David B. Sudderth, M.D, & Joseph Kandel, M.D. I hope someone will find some of these helpful. Lots of your questions will be answered at the conference here: The Tenth Annual ADDA Conference: "Demystifying AD/HD,"is coming! And if you fly via Northwest Airlines, they're offering great rates to St. Louis, so register today at then get your plane tickets while fares are still cheap. Don't miss Dr. Ned Hallowell, Sari Solden, Dr. Tom Brown, Thom Hartmann, Dr. Michele Novotni, Wendy Richardson and many more top AD/HD experts speaking on all kinds of topics, from diagnosing, treatment, coaching, women's issues, workplace, and much more. Enjoy our annual talent show (and sign up to peform!); a mystery dinner; GADDget fair (new this year!), networking sessions and best of all, an opportunity to connect with other adults with AD/HD. When: May 13-16. Where: St. Louis How: Register online at If you are interested in the pre-conference you'll find information on the same site as well. There is still an opportunity to sponsor an event, purchase exhibit tables or booths, and ads in the conference guide book. For info, email the ADDA office. I hope to see many of you in St. Louis! Warm regards, Terry Matlen, ACSW ADDA, Board of Directors The best book I have read on the subject is Healing ADD the Six Types by Dr. Daniel Amen. Jef Gazley, LMFT
Asked in Books and Literature, Definitions, Plural Nouns, Reference Books

Where can I find a dictionary of phrases?

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yes, they have them all over the computer. I love the mark twain ones. yet, those are phrases i guess. those would be quotes. or witticisms. Most public and college libraries stock these. They are probably available for purchase at To find one free online, try typing "dictionary of phrases" with the quotation marks into What phrases do you want to find?
Asked in Benjamin Franklin, Reference Books

What sorts of information did poor richard's almanac contain?

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It was a book of advice, farming information, recipes, and home cures. In the spaces in the almanac were proverbs written by Benjamin Franklin such as "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" or "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"
Asked in Antiques, Reference Books

What is the value of a complete set of 1965 Encyclopedia Britannica?

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A complete set should be worth about $75 - $100 if it is in very good condition.
Asked in Recipes, The Difference Between, Reference Books

The difference between a cookbook and recipe book?

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There is no real difference. A recipe book contains a collection of recipes, which are statements of ingredients and procedures for preparing (and cooking, if necessary) food dishes. A cookbook (formerly called a 'cookery book', and often still called that in British English) is a book containing recipes and other information about cooking!
Asked in Computers, Computer Viruses, YouTube, Reference Books

What is Encyclopedia Dramatica?

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Encyclopedia Dramatica Encyclopedia Dramatica's purpose is to provide a central catalog for the e-public to view organized reference pages about online drama. On controversial topics, it provides biased, hateful opinions every troll is bound to love that are in no way accurate whatsoever. If you would like to become a troll and would like some completely misguided, swear-riddled, idiotic, hurtful opinions to share with others, here would be the place to go. Encyclopædia Dramatica is a collaborative website whose stated purpose is to provide a central catalog for the e-public to view parody and satire of "drama", memes, and other happenings on the Internet. It has been described as a "snarky Wikipedia anti-fansite".
Asked in Libraries and Library History, Sentence and Word Structure, Example Sentences, Reference Books

What are the uses of an encyclopedia?

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Encyclopedias give you information on many topics. You can check an famous or important person to study on. Or, you can check animals, games, art, geography, and entertainment, companies, and much much more.
Asked in Statistics, Reference Books

What letter in the dictionary has the most words?

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The letter that has the most words is s
Asked in Authors, Poets, and Playwrights, Reference Books

Who is the author of Merriam-Webster's dictionary?

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Merriam-Webster is a publishing company, original the G. and C. Merriam Company (George and Charles Merriam) - it continued the publication of the dictionaries created by Noah Webster (1758-1843), following his death.
Asked in Poetry, Poetic Forms, Reference Books

What is the meaning of the poem street cries by sarojini naidu?

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there are no meanings to any writen creations there are very well transpired events or well transformed feelings, accurately arranged making out meanings of words in image the writer who in any written work and the personal intelect while compeletion. The key is : the concept of " Freedom writing association "
Asked in Literature and Language, Reference Books

Where can you find a good Celtic dictionary?

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One can find a Celtic Dictionary on Amazon.