It is not surprising that the phrase "it's a textbook example" means that a particular situation or event provides a typical or even archetypical example.
You are probably already familiar with textbooks as they are often the foundation for many courses. In general, a textbook, or "survey" text, offers basic accepted facts, research, theories, or knowledge about a particular subject that is typically used by or required knowledge for people studying that subject. Oftentimes textbooks are seen as offering a "canonical" view of concepts in that they provide commonly accepted information on a topic; as such, textbooks provide a starting point for inquiry but can inspire readers to critique or even contradict the commentary.
In the art and design educational environment, art history survey texts are frequently used as a foundation for understanding the chronology of art movements throughout history. Although trends have changed recently to embrace broader geographic, cultural, and aesthetic vantage points, survey textbooks are oftentimes associated with a particularly Western European scholarly stance. Most recently, the writings of Marilyn Stokstad or Lisa Cartwright & Marita Sturken have offered a new approach to understanding works of art and design by presenting them as interpreted through visual of material culture theories.
A textbook combines elements or REFERENCE books by providing expansive information on a given topic, yet there are aspects of a MONOGRAPH in that they are usually written by single authors or occasionally writing partners (for example, Honour & Fleming; or Cartwright & Ssturken).Despite this, it is best to approach a textbook in a similar manner as a reference book in that it will offer a starting point for research only.
Can I cite from a TEXTBOOK is a research paper?
Any source used to research an academic paper should be included in the Works Cited list/Bibliography. Be aware, however, that:
So, instead, it's best to use your textbook in a similar manner to a reference book as a guide to your topic for sourcing:
In general, think of reference books as a "road map" to your topic and not the final destination! The primary or secondary sources found in books or journal articles are the materials that should be used to build a research paper.
A TEXTBOOK provides:
What is the benefit of TEXTBOOKS?
Who maintains the editorial process?