According to "A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar" p. 297, により/によって can be used as "a particle that indicates means"

We should be able to solve that problem by means of negotiation.


However, when the instrument is a concrete, tangible object ni yori cannot be used as in
(3) 漢和辞典に{よって/*より}知らない漢字を調べる。

Is this correct? Is there any reason for this?

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    As you knew, both 辞典によって調べる and 辞典により調べる are almost equally unnatural. In other words, I disagree that book.
    – user4092
    Nov 23 '20 at 9:11

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