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Reference Books

Ten Years Later

1996

The Challenger disaster appears in reference books, such as encyclopedias, as the event becomes part of an individuals's general knowledge.

Reference Book Characteristics
AUDIENCE: Ranges from the general public (including schoolchildren) to scholars.
AUTHOR: Either the writing staff of the encyclopedia or scholars specializing in the subject of the entry.
TIMELINESS: At least a year or more behind events.
CONTENT: Provide concise overviews and summaries of the event. Contain information that is often several years old. Can be either popular or scholarly; usually present information in an objective manner.
TYPE OF SOURCE: Secondary

Although reference books such as encyclopedias come late in the information flow timeline, they can be good starting places for research since they provide a concise overview of a topic.

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