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It depends on the context, because sometimes it takes a different meaning:

"I refer you to Dr. Smith" means you should go and consult Dr. Smith.


"I refer you back to Dr. Smith" would mean you should go to Dr, Smith whom you previously consulted (Dr Smith sent you to me, I can't do anything for you, so you need to go BACK to him)


OTOH, if there is no previous encounter with the source, "back" should be omitted. "Refer back to your dictionary" sounds redundant.

Edited by regentrude
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