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The word reference is a noun.  Reference means (1) the act of referring or consulting, (2) the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to, (3) the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to, (4) a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts, (5) a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability, (6) a remark that calls attention to something or someone, (7) an indicator that orients you generally, (8) a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred toReference is also a verb that means (1) refer to.
The following articles and web pages elaborate on the word reference.
  • Reference Information Guide
    This convenient reference guide features helpful links to online dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, printable calendars, and more.
  • Reference Information Guide
    This reference guide comprises hundreds of carefully selected and categorized web pages about various reference-oriented topics.
  • Reference.com
    Reference.com is a multi-source dictionary search service provided by Lexico Publishing Group. On it, users can search for words, use a thesaurus, use the encyclopedia, and other tools for free. There are also premium services such as audio pronunciation with the dictionary and word games.
  • Reference for Business
    The website contains a number of online encyclopedia sources that can help business owners. These include The Encyclopedia of Small Business, Encyclopedia of Business, Business Biographies, Business Plans, American Industries, Management, Company Histories, and Leading American Businesses. All of these sources can be searched by subject.
  • Garden Reference Guide
    This garden guide features information on plants, decks and patios, and landscape lighting, as well as links to a variety of garden-related products and services.
  • Librarians' Internet Index
    The website, begun in the early 1990s by a California reference librarian, is subtitled Websites You Can Trust. It is a publicly-funded website and a weekly newsletter is updated every Thursday with the addition of dozens of new high-quality websites. To date, there are over 20,000 entries in 14 subject areas, divided into 300 related topics. The website is free and users may suggest good sites.
  • Regional Directory
    The regional directory is a database of local organizations in the United States of America, organized by category. Listed organizations include product suppliers, service providers, and non-profits.
  • Citebase Search
    Citebase Search began in 2005 and is located at the University of Southampton in the UK. Citebase searches for citations in the fields of physics, math, information science, and biomedical articles published in the UK. Searches are by author, citation, or an identifier (keyword). The homepage cautions visitors that Citebase is in an experimental stage and not yet complete or authoritative.
  • CSA
    CSA recently joined with ProQuest, both worldwide information companies, to publish, in print and online, 100 full-text databases and journals in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and technology. Their products are used widely in academic libraries and other research organizations and are ordered on subscription. Each of the databases is fully described on the website.
  • Find Articles
    Find Articles, located in San Francisco, is a LookSmart product. Find Articles provides free access to millions of articles searchable by specific journal, author, or subject. The articles are from selected academic, industry, and general interest publications. Archives date back to 1984. Users can also find a list of all the publications covered on the website.
  • IngentaConnect.com
    Founded in 1998 in Great Britain, Ingenta now also has offices in the U.S. IngentaConnect is a collection of over 30,000 publications including more than 10,000 available online. Libraries and research organizations subscribe, and their clients can search for articles on any topic. For libraries, there are also ways of linking Ingenta data with the library's own online catalogs and resources.
  • LexisNexis
    LexisNexis, a member of the Reed Elsevier Group, is a vast database of legal information and news. Lexis is the legal section; Nexis is the business news section. There is also a version for Academic settings that includes newspaper articles from small papers that are hard to find in other sources. The website describes both products and how to subscribe to each or both together.
  • Scopus
    Scopus, an Elsevier product, is a subscription-only abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It includes journal publications, conference proceedings, scientific web pages, patents, and an alert service. It also has smart tools to track, visualize, and analyze research. On the website, users can get a free trial and view a demo.
  • Time Zone Converter
    This is a handy and simple to use time zone converter. Users choose the place they are interested in and the converter instantly tells the time in that location and whether or not that zone uses daylight savings time. Other searches on this website are to a travel zone with listings of hotels in different cities around the world, world time, and a time zone list.
  • WordReference.com
    Online French, Italian, and Spanish dictionary. Goes from foreign language to English and vice versa.
  • Bartleby.com
    Features a collection of online reference works, including a Columbia Encyclopedia edition as well as dictionaries, thesauri, and classic literature. Provides students, researchers, and intellectually curious individuals with access to books and reference information on the web.
  • British Flag
    This website contains British flag illustrations and photographs as well as reference information about the Union flag of Great Britain.
  • Canadian Flag
    This site features illustrations and photographs as well as reference information about the national flag of Canada.
  • Chinese Flag
    This website contains Chinese flag illustrations and photographs as well as reference information about the national flag of China.
  • German Flag
    This website contains German flag illustrations and photographs as well as reference information about the national flag of Germany.
  • Irish Flag
    This website contains Irish flag illustrations and photographs as well as reference information about the national flag of Ireland.
  • Italian Flag
    This website contains Italian flag illustrations and photographs as well as reference information about the national flag of Italy.
  • Japanese Flag
    This website contains Japanese flag illustrations and photographs as well as reference information about the national flag of Japan.
The following articles provide recent reference-related news.
  • Fla. Gov. DeSantis Reissues Pulse Proclamation to Mention LGBTQ
    After making no reference to the LGBTQ community, Ron DeSantis was harshly criticized for issuing a statement commemorating the third anniversary of the massacre at Orlando's gay Pulse nightclub, according to Politico.
    Newsmax.  Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019 13:59:22 EDT.
  • Use Pictures To Suggest The Right Ways To Thrive
    David Nour, best-selling author of Relationship Economics and Co-Create, highlights the power of visual images with a visual thinking reference to Adam Grant's book Givers and Takers.
    By David Nour, Contributor.  Forbes.  Monday, 10 Jun 2019 16:05:00 +0000.
  • Has the Mysterious Code of the Voynich Manuscript Been Cracked?
    New findings suggest it was compiled by Dominican nuns as a reference for the Queen fo Aragon.
    Live Science.  Friday, 17 May 2019 06:49:00 EDT.
  • We will stay close, Britain's Prince Charles tells Germans
    BERLIN (REUTERS) - Ties between Britain and Germany will remain close in the future, Prince Charles told an audience in Berlin, in a clear reference to ongoing uncertainty over Britain's looming departure from the European Union.
    Straits Times.  Wednesday, 08 May 2019 03:47:13 +0800.
  • External reference drug pricing could save medicare tens of billions
    A new study found that prices for brand-name prescription drugs averaged 3.2 to 4.1 times higher in the US when compared with prices in the United Kingdom, Japan and the Canadian province of Ontario. ...
    Science Daily.  Monday, 06 May 2019 16:07:19 EDT.
  • Moon not to blame for madness: Swiss study
    The moon is closely linked with madness in the popular imagination and the word 'lunatic' even includes a reference to our closest celestial body.
    The Local.  Thursday, 02 May 2019 19:52:13 +0200.
  • Sudan's military rulers: 'We are ready to negotiate but no chaos after today'
    Sudan's military rulers said they were ready to negotiate with the opposition over the political future of the country but there should be no further unrest beyond Tuesday, a reference to protests disrupting trains and bridges.
    Reuters.  Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019 12:29:09 -0400.
  • Presti expects Donovan to return as OKC coach
    Thunder GM Sam Presti said Monday "we anticipate Billy [Donovan] being back," in reference to whether the team's head coach will return next season.
    ESPN.  Monday, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:32 EST.
  • A Catholic town at the center of Sri Lanka's deadly attacks
    The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called "Little Rome," a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the center of the country's small Catholic community.
    Gemunu Amarasinghe.  Fox News.  Monday, 22 Apr 2019 10:53:33 GMT.
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