The term sourcebook
(or source book
) is used about many different kinds of books such as collections of core articles (i.e., anthology
), bibliographies, biographies, printed archieval sources, directories and so on. There seems to be no consensus in the application of this term.
In games the term "sourcebook" is a publication intended to supplement the core materials of a gaming
product. Sourcebooks are most commonly used to complement role-playing games
and some tabletop
series, and often contain optional rules, scenarios, or other materials that players can use to extend or enhance the central game.
Popular gaming series with many sourcebooks include:
Examples of different kinds of books termed "sourcebook"
Hjørland, Birger (ed.). Core Concepts in Library and Information Science. Source literature