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Best Reference Books That Will Hook You

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Reference books.

1. Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5 (2013)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouThe Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 is a concise, affordable companion to the ultimate psychiatric reference, DSM-5. It includes the fully revised diagnostic classification, as well as all of the diagnostic criteria from DSM-5 in an easy-to-use paperback format. This handy reference provides quick access to the information essential to making a diagnosis. Designed to supplement DSM-5, this convenient guide will assist all mental health professionals as they integrate the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria into their diagnoses. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders stands alone as the most…
Author(s): American Psychiatric Association

2. SE Structural Engineering Reference Manual (2018)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouGet your SE Structural Engineering Reference Manual study schedules at The SE Structural Engineering Reference Manual prepares you for the NCEES SE structural engineering exam. It provides a comprehensive review of structural analysis and design methods related to vertical and lateral forces. All exam topics are covered, and exam-adopted codes and standards are frequently referenced. You will learn how to apply concepts by reviewing the 270 example problems, and you will strengthen your problem-solving skills by working the 50 end-of-chapter practice problems. Each problem’s complete…
Author(s): Williams PhD SE FICE C Eng, Alan

3. Handyman In-Your-Pocket (2001)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouFinally, THE building and maintenance reference book you have been looking for…… information galore! An amazing new shirt pocket reference designed specifically for handymen, maintenance people, engineers, scientists, industrial workers, contractors, and builders. It contains 768 pages of facts, tables, and vital information AND it fits in your shirt pocket! #63,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #146 in Home Design & Construction (Books) #142 in Electrical & Electronics (Books) #81 in Telecommunications & Sensors Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Richard Allen Young, Thomas J. Glover

4. A Writer’s Reference with Exercises (2017)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouEmphasizing critical reading and writing, Writer’s Reference with Exercises build your confidence as a college writing through help that’s personal, practical, and digital. #37,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #56 in Rhetoric (Books) #91 in Creative Writing & Composition #92 in Words, Language & Grammar Reference Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

5. Mosby’s 2020 Nursing Drug Reference (SKIDMORE NURSING DRUG REFERENCE) (2019)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouPut the most trusted name in nursing in your hands. is a full-color portable nursing drug handbook that makes it easy to find the most vital information on the drugs that nurses administer most frequently. More than 5,000 drugs are profiled in the text and on the free app ― including 20-30 new entries for drugs and drug therapies recently approved by the FDA. Plus, no other drug guide places a higher emphasis on patient safety, with Black Box Warnings for dangerous adverse reactions, Safety Alerts for situations requiring special attention, and a focus on both common and…
Author(s): Skidmore-Roth RN MSN NP, Linda

6. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5 (2013)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouThis new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. Their dedication and hard work have yielded an authoritative volume that defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research. The criteria are concise and explicit, intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of…
Author(s): American Psychiatric Association

7. Engineers’ Practical Databook: A Technical Reference Guide for Students and Professionals (2018)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouThis databook is an essential handbook for every engineering student or professional.Engineers’ Practical Databook provides a concise and useful source of up-to-date essential formula, charts, and data for the student or practising engineer, technologist, applied mathematician or undergraduate scientist. Unlike almost all other engineering handbooks out there, this one doesn’t package itself as a heavy, expensive or cumbersome textbook, and doesn’t contain any preamble or lengthy chapters of ‘filler’ material. You will find value cover-to-cover with all the essential formula, charts, and…
Author(s): Jay Smith

8. FE Reference Handbook (2013)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouThis is the only reference material used on the FE exam. Review it before exam day and familiarize yourself with the charts, formulas, tables, and other reference information provided. Note that printed copies will not be allowed in the exam room. You will receive an electronic copy in your exam on exam day. #8,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #181 in Engineering (Books) #1337 in Reference (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): National Council of Examiners for Engineering, Surveying

9. Java: The Complete Reference, Eleventh Edition (2018)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouFully updated for Java SE 11, Java: The Complete Reference, Eleventh Edition explains how to develop, compile, debug, and run Java programs. Best-selling programming author Herb Schildt covers the entire Java language, including its syntax, keywords, and fundamental programming principles. You’ll also find information on key portions of the Java API library, such as I/O, the Collections Framework, the stream library, and the concurrency utilities. Swing, JavaBeans, and servlets are examined and numerous examples demonstrate Java in action. Of course, the very important module system is discussed in detail. This Oracle Press…
Author(s): Herbert Schildt

10. A Writer’s Reference 7th seventh {A Writer’s Reference 7th edition} [Writer’s reference] Diana Hacker (Author), Nancy Sommers (Author) (2010)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouA Writer’s Reference, the most widely adopted handbook in the United States, continues to be groundbreaking in its simplicity, offering the right content in an accessible format. New coauthor Nancy Sommers’s own research, campus travel, and classroom experience keep the handbook in tune with the needs of academic writers. In a trusted quick-reference format, the seventh edition delivers advice on all the right topics: working with sources, revising with comments, preparing a portfolio, and more. A Writer’s Reference offers unprecedented flexibility with several versions to…
Author(s): Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

11. Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference (2018)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouGet the latest research and easy access to today’s most important diagnostic and lab tests! Known for its accuracy, currency, and clear, easy-to-use format, features concise test entries that are arranged alphabetically and reflect the latest in diagnostic and lab testing and research. This new edition adds 15 tests with vital information such as alternate or abbreviated test names, test explanation, normal and abnormal findings, possible critical values, and guidelines to patient care before, during, and after the test. Plus, all related tests are cross-referenced throughout the book to simplify lookup. A compact…
Author(s): Pagana PhD RN, Kathleen Deska, Pagana MD FACS, Timothy J., et al.

12. Reference and Information Services: An introduction (2017)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook You<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;”>Designed to complement everyintroductory library reference course, this is the perfect text for studentsand librarians looking to expand their personal reference knowledge, teachingfailsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific typesof questions to the best available sources, regardless of format. Guided by anational advisory…
Author(s): Kay Ann Cassell, Uma Hiremath

13. Structural Depth Reference Manual for the PE Civil Exam (2017)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouThe Structural Depth Reference Manual for the PE Civil Exam prepares you for the structural depth section of the PE Civil exam. It provides a concise, yet comprehensive review of the structural depth section exam topics and highlights the most useful equations in the exam-adopted codes and standards. Solving methods—including ASD and LRFD for steel, strength design for concrete, and ASD for timber and masonry—are thoroughly explained. Throughout the book, cross references connect concepts and point you to additional relevant tables, figures, equations, and codes….
Author(s): Williams PhD SE FICE C Eng, Alan

14. Water Resources and Environmental Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam (2011)

 Best Reference Books That Will Hook YouTo pass the Civil PE exam’s water resources and environmental depth section, you’ll need to be familiar with the exam topics and how to use relevant equations. The Water Resources and Environmental Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam provides comprehensive coverage of the exam topics. Detailed tables, figures, and appendices make it possible to solve many exam problems using the Depth Reference Manual alone. Example problems demonstrate how concepts are applied, and end-of-chapter problems provide opportunity for independent practice….
Author(s): Brant PhD, Jonathan, Kauffman MPA PE, Gerald J.

Best Reference Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some reference books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim world

Author(s): editor in chief, Richard C. Martin.
ID: 2518822, Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA, Year: c2004., Size: 39 Mb, Format: pdf

Chess Tactics for Champions : a Step-by-Step Guide to Using Tactics and Combinations the Polgar Way.

Author(s): Polgar, Susan; Truong, Paul
ID: 2404935, Publisher: Random House, Incorporated [distributor, Random House Information Group, Random House Puzzles & Games [Imprint], Year: Aril 2006, Size: 7 Mb, Format: djvu

Analog Photography: Reference Manual for Shooting Film

Author(s): Andrew Bellamy
ID: 2392200, Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, Year: 9 Apr 2019, Size: 36 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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