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Handbooks, manuals, guides and companions

Why consult a handbook, manual guide or companion?

Handbooks, manuals, guides, and companions contain specific and authoritative information on a topic; facts and formulas; and practical procedural information. They may also help you apply or understand theory in practice. 

Check your subject guide for subject specific recommendations, or search your subject area and handbooks or manual or guide in the library catalogue.