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I cleaned up the entry, deleting unneeded words as well as some obvious and infantile phrases. -- 20:42, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

"reference book", "reference work" and "encyclopedia"[edit]

Is reference book indeed a synonym for encyclopedia? If so, what is the relationship between reference book and reference work? According to Wikipedia, encyclopedia is one of the several kinds of reference works. Also, Wikipedia redirects W:reference book to W:reference work. --Daniel Polansky 15:04, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

I would say that reference book is a hyponym of encyclopedia rather than a synonym, since "reference books" include dictionaries, thesauruses, chronologies, treatises, and so on. A synonym of reference book would be reference work, but reference works also include papers (scientific papers, etc.). —Stephen 20:53, 20 February 2008 (UTC)
So I understand it correctly. Thanks. --Daniel Polansky 13:05, 23 February 2008 (UTC)


Here I found another pronunciation [1]. Is it also acceptable? Ferike333 15:29, 11 September 2009 (UTC)


Obsolete or still in somewhat use? Can't really be sayin' two things for one thing. Tony6ty4ur (talk) 13:32, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Well, we aren't, are we? Mglovesfun (talk) 13:43, 28 December 2012 (UTC)