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This guide links to online sources that are useful for background information and quick facts.

Handbooks and Manuals


The dictionary defines a handbook as: (1) a book of instruction or guidance, as for an occupation; manual, (2) a guidebook for travelers, (3) a reference book in a particular field, or (4) a scholarly book on a specific subject, often consisting of separate essays or articles.


According to the dictionary, a manual is a small book, especially one giving information or instructions.