Making Sense in Engineering and the Technical Sciences: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing (5th edition)

ISBN : 9780199010257

Margot Northey; Judi Jewinski
288 Pages
156 x 229 mm
Pub date
Oct 2015


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  • 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.
  • Covers all aspects of communication relevant to the discipline such as reporting the results of lab assignments, writing summaries and abstracts, and creating powerful visual aids.
  • Helps students overcome common pitfalls in grammar, style, punctuation, and usagethrough a rich variety of examples and helpful tips, while also offering guidelines on time management, avoiding plagiarism, studying for tests and exams, and preparing résumés and letters of application.
  • 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.
  • Quick reference guide on the inside front cover offers a brief overview of the main points discussed in the text and common marking symbols that may appear in students' work, making it easy for students to quickly find key tips and strategies.
  • Pedagogical features - including learning objectives; chapter introductions and conclusions; writing checklists; and an end-of-text glossary - help students grasp the material.

Part of the bestselling Making Sense series, this fifth edition of Making Sense in Engineering and the Technical Sciences is an indispensable research and writing guide for students in any area of the discipline - from electrical and mechanical engineering to systems design and computer science.

"I'm very happy with the Northey and Jewinski text . . . A major benefit is that we can recommend one text to students at an early stage of their education and then refer to it throughout their training. And it provides an excellent basic schema for writing lab reports, with plenty of advanced concepts in the later chapters too." - Thomas M. Quinn, McGill University


1: Writing and Thinking
2: Keeping Notes and Doing Research
3: Writing Summaries and Abstracts
4: Writing a Lab Report
5: Writing Proposals and Project Reports
6: Working Collaboratively
7: Giving Presentations
8: Writing in Other Contexts
9: Documentation
10: Following Conventions for Graphics and Formatting
11: Writing Tests and Examinations
12: Writing a Résumé and Letter of Application
13: Writing for Readability
14: Common Errors in Grammar and Usage
15: Punctuation
16: Misused Words and Phrases
Appendix: Weights, Measures, and Notation

About the author: 

Margot Northey, Former Dean of the School of Business, Queen's University.
Judi Jewinski, Special Advisor on English Language Competency and Director of the Writing Centre, University of Waterloo.

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