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256 pp.
4 figures, 1 table, 6" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Making Sense

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

Margot Northey

Series : Making Sense

An indispensable guide for students in any discipline, the original volume of the bestselling Making Sense series offers a comprehensive overview of the general principles of style, grammar, and usage, while covering issues such as how to conduct academic research, how to write essays, and how to document sources.

Readership : University and college students at all levels.

A Note to the Students
1. Writing and Thinking
2. Writing an Essay
3. Writing a Book Report
4. Writing a Lab Report
5. Writing a Business Report
6. Using Illustrations
7. Documenting Sources
8. Giving an Oral Presentation
9. Writing Examinations
10. Writing a Resumé and Letter of Application
11. Writing with Style
12. Common Errors in Grammar and Usage
13. Punctuation
14. Misused Words and Phrases

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

Making Sense in the Life Sciences - Margot Northey and Patrick von Aderkas
Making Sense in Religious Studies - Margot Northey, Bradford A. Anderson and Joel N. Lohr
Making Sense in Psychology - Margot Northey and Brian Timney
Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences - Margot Northey, Dianne Draper and David B. Knight
Making Sense in Engineering and the Technical Sciences - Margot Northey and Judi Jewinski
Making Sense in Education - Margot Northey, Kristen Ferguson and Jon G. Bradley
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Special Features

  • Written by Canadians, for Canadians, this guide is relevant to students in this country.
  • Over 25 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.
  • Up-to-date, detailed information ensures students are well-equipped with the knowledge they will need to communicate successfully.
  • A rich variety of examples helps students overcome common pitfalls in grammar, style, punctuation, and usage.
  • 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.
  • A list of symbols for common errors found on the inside back cover helps students understand 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, CMS, and CSE style.
  • Updated and added coverage of key topics, including technology, internet citations, criteria for website evaluation, internet resources, and social media, as well as a new section on infographics.
  • Updated references and examples throughout ensure students have the most current resource available.