Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Studies: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing (6th edition)

Margot Northey; Dianne Draper; David B. Knight
Pub date
Apr 2015
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  • Concise. Features an overview of research and writing for students in geography and the environmental sciences, for a reasonable price, and can be used as a resource for a student's entire academic career.
  • Practical. Uses straightforward language to discuss the basics of research and writing. Instructors agree that as an overview, the Making Sense series is much easier to digest than heavier writing style guides, and they appreciate the discipline-specific content.
  • Documentation: Features up-to-date guidelines for documentation and referencing and provides the most current guidelines for documentation in geography and environmental sciences, including coverage of MLA, APA, and CSE and referencing.
  • Up-to-date. Along with including the most up-to-date citation styles, the Making Sense series also features current examples, and useful information on using the internet as a research tool.
  • More Accessible. This edition contains more bulleted points and summaries to make the content easier to reference and absorb.

The Making Sense series offers clear, concise guides to research and writing for students at all levels of undergraduate study. Designed especially for students in geography and the environmental sciences, this volume outlines general principles of style, grammar, and punctuation while also covering issues such as how to conduct academic research in geography and the environemental sciences, how to write essays and reports, how to document sources, and how to give an oral presentation.
Revisions to the sixth edition of Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciencesinclude a new section on thinking critically and coverage of new developments in technology-based research and writing. Summaries have been added to the end of chapters to improve student comprehension of material and references, and dates and examples have been updated throughout the text. Finally, the chapter on CSE, APA, and MLA style has been revised to be completely up to date.


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 1: Weights, Measures, and Notation
Appendix 2: Selected Journals of Interest to Geographers and Environmental Scientists
Appendix 3: Selected Websites of Interest to Geographers and Environmental Scientists

About the author: 

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.

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