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Information Literacy Modules
  • What is a book?

    A book is written to be read from beginning to end. The format of a book may be:

    • Print: Hardbound or paperback
    • Digital: On a computer or e-reader (e.g., Kindle, Nook, iPad)

    A book is "nonperiodical" because it is not published on a regular schedule like a magazine or newspaper.

  • Who contributes to a book?

    • Author
    • Illustrator
    • Editor
    • Translator

  • How do I evaluate a contributor's "authority?"

    How does the person's experience relate to your topic? A credible author or contributor may:

    • Have a degree in this subject
    • Study or do research on this topic
    • Work in a related field
    • Write about this topic regularly
    • Have first-hand knowledge
    • Have participated in, or observed, events and people

  • Does the book have information I need?

    • Table of Contents: Is the book (or chapter) relevant to my topic?
    • Glossary: If the words are too easy, this book may not add anything new.
    • Index: Are many pages listed for my keyword?

    Tip: Search or browse your e-book for important keywords.

    Always check: Does this add new information?

  • How do I evaluate the book's currency?

    If recent information is important to understanding your topic, check the following:

    • Copyright page: What is the latest copyright date?
    • Bibliography: How current are the author's own sources?

  • How do I evaluate a book's credibility?

    • Bibliography: Does the author cite expert sources?
    • Does the author support his/her ideas with evidence?

    Digging deeper:

    • Does this make sense, given what I already know?
    • Does this add a different point of view?

  • How do I cite a book?

    Use the title page and copyright pages (not the cover or jacket) to find:

    • Title and subtitle
    • Author
    • Illustrator, translator or other contributor
    • Series name
    • Publisher's name and imprint
    • Place of publication
    • Latest copyright date
    • Edition