Best Uses of Reference Books

AKA - Almanac, Atlas, Dictionary, Encyclopedia Thesaurus

Almanac

What is an Almanac?


An annual publication containing a calendar for the coming year, the times of such

events and phenomena as anniversaries, sunrises and sunsets, phases of the moon, tides, etc., and other statistical information and related topics.


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I would use an almanac for long-range weather forecasts, such as in planning an outdoor wedding day.


I could also use an Almanac for statistical information (stats) on such topics as presidents of the U.S., Countries of the world or, Astronomical events, such as past or future lunar and solar eclipses.


http://www.almanac.com/


Link to fun Almanac activities:


http://www.worldalmanac.com/pdfs/WAK2014/WAK2014_Activities.pdf

Dictionary

What is a Dictionary?

A book, optical disc, mobile device, or online lexical resource

(such as Dictionary.com ) containing a selection of the words of a language, giving information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, inflected forms, derived forms, etc.,expressed in either the same or another language; lexicon;glossary.Print dictionaries of various sizes, ranging from small pocket dictionaries to multi-volume books, usually sort entries alphabetically, as do typical CD or DVD dictionaryapplications,allowing one to browse through the terms in sequence. All electronic

dictionaries, whether online or installed on a device,can provide immediate, direct access to a search term, its meanings, and ancillary information: an unabridged dictionary ofEnglish; a Japanese-English dictionary.


Definition found at - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dictionary?s=t


I use the dictionary in so many ways. Such as:

~when reading, if I come across a word that I am not sure about, I look it up to find out the meaning.

~So I do not misuse a word when I am writing, I look it up first

~How to pronounce a word correctly.

~To find out what part of speech it is. ie - noun, pronoun, verb, etc.

~To find out how many syllables a word has.