Textbook is a published book meant to introduce a subject for classroom teaching or self-study. It can treat a topic at any level, but is mainly intended as the first contact with the subject. 

These are not peer-reviewed as such but are typically extensively edited and sent by the publisher to people who might use the text in teaching, to see if they find the book accurate and useful.


You use textbooks to get acquainted with a certain topic.

Examples of Textbooks

  • Tolpekin, V.A. (editor) and Stein, A. (editor)  (2012) The core of GIScience : a systems - based approach. Enschede, University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), 2012. ITC Educational Textbook Series , ISBN: 978-90-6164-335-7.
  • Dupriez, H. & de Leener, P. 1998. Trees and multistorey agriculture in Africa : a textbook for agro - forestry. Nivelles; Wageningen: Terres et Vie; Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)