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- n. A compendium of information, which is not intended to be read from beginning to end, and is compiled for ease of reference. Examples include encyclopedias and dictionaries.
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- n. a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
reference + work (Wiktionary)
In 1926, Heigl began work on Das Taschenbuch der Tanks, which went on to become a standard reference work for all the soldiers who later became the creators of the German tank arm.