Pocket Ref

Pocket Ref is a general-purpose pocket-sized reference book composed of various tips, tables, maps, formulas, constants and conversions, compiled by Thomas J. Glover.[1] It is published by Sequoia Publishing, and is currently in its fourth edition at 864 pages in length, released in late 2010.[2]

Pocket Ref
AuthorThomas J. Glover
SubjectScience and engineering reference, general reference
Published1989 (Sequoia Publishing)
Pages864 (4th ed.)
ISBN978-1-885071-62-0

It contains references, tables, and instructional guides on such varied subjects as automotive repair; carpentry and construction; chemistry and physics; computers; physical, chemical, and mathematical constants; electronics; money and measurement conversions; advanced first aid; glue, solvents, paints, and finishes; hardware; mine, mill, and aggregate; plumbing; zip codes; rope, cable, and knots; steel and metals; surveying and mapping; and various other topics.[2]

The Pocket Ref has been featured on the television series MythBusters.[3] In the "Shop 'til You Drop" episode, Adam Savage noted that "nearly everyone" had asked him about the little black book.[4]

The book can sometimes be found imprinted with the name of a store or other third party on its front cover.[5]

Although the Pocket Ref is printed on very thin paper, its page count is still limited by the publisher's desire for it to fit in an average shirt pocket, so a more comprehensive work, at 1280 pages, DeskRef, has been published.[original research?]

Other books by Glover include Pocket PC Ref, Deskref, Handyman In-Your-Pocket, Pocket Do It Yourself Source, Measure for Measure and Tech Ref.

Comparable books include AutoRef by Glover's sometimes-coauthor Richard A. Young, and Pocket Partner "a comprehensive collection of vital information for law enforcement personnel" by Dennis Evers.