Getting to know our textbook

This is a collaborative student textbook project that is a part of the LIN 175 course curriculum. Students read the text each semester with the aim of building information literacy knowledge and habits. Students are also tasked with analyzing the content and considering new content or revisions to enhance understanding, ensure examples are relevant and add clarity for information literacy development. For this reason, the textbook is an always-evolving resource with NKU students making new contributions each year.

About this book

The book is divided into five chapters that each focus on a specific part of the research process.

Each chapter contains:

  • Learning objectives: These come first in each chapter, and provide an overview of what you can expect to learn and what you’ll be asked about on the chapter quiz.
  • Content: You’ll learn about research skills, types of sources, and tools for finding information. Examples from a variety of disciplines illustrate how these research skills are relevant for everyone.
  • Callout boxes: These provide additional information or give examples to demonstrate concepts from the text.
  • Vocabulary terms: These bolded words highlight a new concept or a new use for a familiar word, and can also be found in the glossary at the end of the book.
  • “Check your understanding” activities: These help you practice the concepts and skills outlined in the chapter.

This textbook is free for you to use and download.

Adaptation Statement

LIN 175: Information Literacy was adapted from Lib 160: Introduction to College-Level Research by Iowa State Univerity Library Instruction Services. Content is added or revised each semester. Since the book’s adaptation in 2022, edits have included the addition of an introduction to the book, revisions to existing charts/figures, the addition of an infographic in section 1.4, and the rearrangement of text and examples to enhance clarity.


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