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1.2: Using this Book

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    LibreTexts is easy to use, but this page provides a few tips on how to get around and make the most out of this book.

    When you open the book, you will see a list showing the Introduction and each Chapter. Each week of your course will have an assigned reading, linking directly to the chapter or page that your reading begins on. You will need to read the assigned reading to see how far you are supposed to read to.

    At the top-right, there is a red PDF button and a blue Downloads button.

    PDF menu then Downloads menu

    Under PDF: You can download the full book or a specific chapter as a PDF document.

    Under Downloads: You can download the full book PDF. You can also buy a print copy if you want. This is not required for the course. Standard mail takes 14-15 days to ship, but there are quicker shipping options.

    Page Navigation

    When you open a chapter, you will see content or a list of sub-sections if the chapter has them. You can click on the blue text for these sections to open them. You can also click on the white arrows (to the right and left sides of the screen) to navigate to the next or previous page. Some pages may be blank. These pages are chapter headings, with other pages below them. You can simply continue to the next page.

    Each Chapter and Section within a Chapter will start with a Learning Objectives box. This box is blue and has a short statement about what you should learn from that section.

    The book may include embedded videos. If they are within your assigned reading then it is expected you will also view those videos. Each video includes a separate hyperlink to the video in case the embedded video does not work in your browser. All videos include captions which can be enabled in the video itself.


    Some sections will include a note like this, pointing out important context or information for you!

    Scenarios and Critical Thinking Pages

    Some chapters of this book open with a Scenario. These Scenarios provide examples to introduce the key problem or situation that the chapter will address. They are not assignments or anything you need to complete. They provide some context in which the following information may be useful.

    Some pages of this book are Critical Thinking pages. These pages just prompt you to think about the information you just read and consider how it might be applied in real life or the classroom.

    End of a Chapter

    When you reach the end of a chapter, you won't see another 'next page' arrow on the right (shown below, circled in red). To navigate to a new chapter, you can click on the book table of contents link (shown below circled in blue as 'Lib One Course Readings') or the link to return to the start of this chapter (shown below in the blue circle as 'Information and its Sources').

    the last page of a chapter, with  navigation links at the top and no arrow for the next page

    Footer Information

    Each page has information at the bottom of the page (shown below). This contains information about the page and its license. You don't need to do anything with this information, though it does include a rating option for liking/disliking the page.

    the bottom of the page with information on that page, its licensing, and rating options

    If you run into an issue using the book, contact your instructor to let them know and get help!

    This page titled 1.2: Using this Book is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Daniel Wilson.

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