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Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences

A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, Sixth Edition

Margot Northey, Dianne Draper and David B. Knight

Series : Making Sense

Part of the bestselling Making Sense series, this sixth edition of Making Sense in Geography and the Environmental Sciences is an indispensable research and writing guide for students in any area of the discipline. Maintaining the signature straightforward style of the series, this fully updated edition outlines general principles of style, grammar, and usage, while covering such issues as writing essays and reports, creating powerful visual aids, and properly documenting sources.

Readership : Undergraduate students at all levels of study within geography and environmental sciences.

1. Thinking and Writing
2. Searching and Researching
3. Writing and Reading Lecture Notes
4. Writing a Report on a Book or an Article
5. Writing an Essay
6. Writing a Proposal, Research Paper, and Thesis
7. Quotations and Documentation
8. Participation, Group Assignments, and Presentations
9. Writing a Lab Report
10. Writing Examinations
11. Doing Field Work and Writing about It
12. Illustrating Your Work
13. Words: Gender, Race, and Other Sensitivities
14. Writing with Style
15. Grammar and Usage
16. Punctuation
17. Misused Words and Phrases
18. Important Definitions
Appendix I: Weights, Measures, and Notation
Appendix II: Selected Journals of Interest to Geographers and Environmental Scientists
Appendix III: Selected Websites of Interest to Geographers and Environmental Scientists

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Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University.

Dianne Draper is a professor of geography at the University of Calgary.

David B. Knight is a geographical research and performance consultant and a former professor of geography at Carleton University and the University of Guelph.

Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences - Iain Hay and Philip Giles
A Field Guide to Communication - Pamela Shaw
Practical Writing - Maxine Ruvinsky
Practical Grammar - Maxine Ruvinsky
Research, Write, Create - Twyla Gibson and Mark Lipton
The Canadian Writer's Handbook - William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes
The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook - The late William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes

Special Features

  • Written by Canadian academics to provide relevant coverage and examples for students in this country.
  • Part of a bestselling series - with over twenty-five years of proven success, the Making Sense series is known for its clear and concise approach to research and writing in all areas of undergraduate study.
  • Offers step-by-step instructions on each stage of the research and writing process - including planning and organizing academic essays and reports, using computer-generated images and graphic presentation software, preparing for tests and exams, and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Helps students overcome common pitfalls in grammar, style, punctuation, and usage through a rich variety of examples and helpful tips.
  • A concise, student-friendly approach allows readers to use this book either as a quick and casual reference or as a text that can easily be read from cover to cover.
  • A checklist for written assignments on the inside front cover offers a brief overview of key points to consider, encouraging students to submit only their most polished work.
  • Symbols for common errors found on the inside back cover helps students understand common marking symbols and abbreviations that may appear on their work.
New to this Edition
  • Up-to-date documentation guidelines include the latest guidelines for MLA, APA, and CSE style.
  • New coverage of key topics, including critical thinking, poster layouts, active listening, exam anxiety, and updated discussions of technology.
  • Updated references and examples throughout - including more examples from human geography - ensure students have the most current resource available.
  • Summaries at the end of every chapter help students review key concepts.
  • More bulleted and numbered lists throughout help make the content more manageable and easier to reference.