Check Your Knowledge of College Textbooks (Part 1)

How well can you navigate the parts of a college textbook? Self-assess your prior knowledge of the parts and features of a college-level textbook by completing this exercise.

  1. For this exercise, you will use the built-in annotation features of Adobe Acrobat Reader to mark the parts of the textbook.

    If you're not familiar with using digital annotation tools, view a quick tutorial on how to use Adobe Reader annotation features:

  2. Open the PDF of the sample book provided here.

    College Textbook Sample #1

  3. Look through the pages to understand the organization and sections of the textbook. Using the insert text feature, label the location of each of the following sections:

    • Appendix / Appendices
    • Glossary
    • Index
    • Introduction
    • Preface
    • Title page
    • Table of contents
  4. Next, using the insert comment tool, make a note next to each of the following features that explains how the layout of these features helps you use the textbook.

    • Headings and subheadings in the body of the text
    • Graphics and other visuals
    • Web and other ancillary materials
  5. Save a version of the PDF file. Next, compare your work with another's markup by opening this sample annotated file.