reference work

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Noun1.reference work - a book to which you can refer for authoritative factsreference work - a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
book - a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics"
cookbook, cookery book - a book of recipes and cooking directions
instruction book - a book of directions for using or operating some piece of equipment
source book - a collection of historically important documents published together as a book
wordbook - a reference book containing words (usually with their meanings)
enchiridion, handbook, vade mecum - a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location
directory - an alphabetical list of names and addresses
yearly, annual, yearbook - a reference book that is published regularly once every year
book of maps, map collection, atlas - a collection of maps in book form
cyclopaedia, cyclopedia, encyclopaedia, encyclopedia - a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty