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Reference Books

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.

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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