Information Science Department staff co-authored interactive textbook, Navigating Information Literacy in a Digital World, has been renewed and updated in its 6th edition

Posted on July 20, 2021

Professor Theo Bothma, Dr Erica Cosijn, Professor Ina Fourie and Dr Cecilia Penzhorn, all current or past faculty members in the Department of Information Science, co-authored an interactive digital textbook titled Navigating Information Literacy in a Digital World. It first appeared in 2006 as a print book and has now been renewed and updated in 2021 for its 6th edition as an e-book only.


Navigating Information Literacy in a Digital World has been fully redesigned to be “digital first”. The book covers areas such as:

  • Information sources and resources;
  • Libraries and web portals;
  • Constructing a search query;
  • Searching the web, databases and online journals;
  • Organising and retrieving information on personal devices;
  • The ethical and fair use of information;
  • The importance of referencing;
  • Evaluating information sources;
  • Documenting information; and
  • Creating new knowledge.

This new revised edition also includes a new chapter on thinking critically about information that society is presented with in a post-truth world. The 6th edition has been designed with user interactivity at its core. New features include:

  • A brand-new road map that contextualises each chapter within the structure of the book;
  • Fully responsive and accessible design that is compatible across multiple devices;
  • "Information-on-demand" features including accordions and flip cards to help users minimise "information overload";
  • New introductory animations for each chapter that give the reader a snapshot of what to expect in the chapter;
  • Four new instructional videos;
  • Ten new interactive activities; and
  • Regular "Knowledge Check" and "Try it for yourself" activities at key points in the text.

The 6th edition of Navigating Information Literacy in a Digital World is now available for sale: https://shop.pearson.co.za/9781485709459.

- Author Anneke Nel
Published by Anneke Nel

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