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What part of man pages apply to the bash shell?

I am currently using the bash shell but am a bit confused about man entries. For example the man entry for source (man source):

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Guest [Entry]

"That man-page looks like it comes from a Unix (rather than Linux) system, like Solaris.

On Solaris, /bin/sh is the original Bourne shell, which lacks history, completion or the more advanced parameter substition that you'd find in ksh, POSIX and Bash shells. Also , command substitution can only be done with backticks, and not with $(command).

(Though if you have /usr/xpg4/bin earlier in your PATH, running 'sh' will get you the POSIX-compatible shell instead.)

As profjim says, use man bash for details of Bash syntax."
Guest [Entry]

"If you're looking for help on a specific bash builtin, usually

help [builtin_name]

is what you want."