Encyclopedias provide an overview of knowledge on important subjects. General unabridged dictionaries have good coverage of terms in criminal justice, but are not as complete as dictionaries limited to a particular subject.
Guides to the literature introduce a subject field and indicate the available resources and the way to use them. Handbooks are similar to encyclopedias but cover a narrower subject area and are usually comprised of a collection of essays written by experts. Manuals provide instructions in how to perform a task
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