Ten Years Later
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.