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328 pp.
19 figures, 9 tables, 6" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences

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

Margot Northey, Dianne Draper and David B. Knight

Series : Making Sense

Part of the bestselling Making Sense series, this seventh 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 : University and college students at all levels in geography and environmental sciences.

A Note to the Student
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 Websites of Interest to Geographers and Environmental Scientists

Kobo E-Book ISBN 9780199026739

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.

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 - Margot Northey
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 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.
  • Summaries at the end of every chapter help students review key concepts.
  • Bulleted and numbered lists throughout help make the content more manageable and easier to reference.
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 peer review, bibliographic management tools, careful use of language, and the importance of an abstract in a thesis or honours paper.
  • Additional and updated content throughout - including an expanded section on mental maps - ensures students have the most current resource available.