Almanacs & Yearbooks
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a. Almanacs &
Almanac - "publication, usually an annual, containing a
variety of useful facts of miscellaneous nature, and statistical information.
It was originally a projectionof the coming year by days, months, hollidays,
- "a compendium of useful data and statistics relating to countries,
personalities, events, subjects, and the like" (Katz).
Yearbook- "a volume often called an annual, containing
current information of a variable nature, in brief descriptive or statistical
form, which is published once every year" (Harrod).
-"annual compendium of the data and statistics of a given year"
a. Recency - to supply the latest information on a subject or personality.
b. Brief Facts- an almanac gives a single figure of a fact without
- a yearbook that gives background information on a recent development.
c. Trends- current information in almanacs or yearbooks indicate
the latest trend and development.
d. Informal index- reliable sources of information are found
in almanacs and yearbooks, because of this they serve as informal index.
e. Directory and biographical information- directory information
are also found in almanacs and yearbooks. Some yearbooks may sell names
of famous personalities. Their addresses and many other biographical
information are indicated. Some almanacs cite names of associations
, societies and their respective addresses.
f. Browsing- it helps find bits of interesting information in
some unrelated parts both almanac and yearbook.