Making Sense in Engineering and the Physical Sciences: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780199026791

Margot Northey; Judi Jewinski; Andrew Trivett
288 Pages
154 x 227 mm
Pub date
Aug 2020
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  • 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.
  • New organization of content makes concepts easier to grasp by mirroring the writing development process, moving from personal note-taking and recording data, to writing for colleagues and broader audiences.
  • Up-to-date documentation guidelines include the latest guidelines for APA, CMS, and IEEE style.
  • Expanded grammar and usage appendix provides guidance for writers of all levels.

The Making Sense series offers clear, concise guides to research and writing for students at all levels of undergraduate study. The volumes in the Making Sense series - covering the humanities courses, social sciences, life sciences, engineering, psychology, religious studies, and education - are intended for students in any undergraduate course with a research and writing component, but are especially appropriate for those at the first-year level.
Intended for engineering and physical science students, Making Sense in Engineering and the Physical Sciences provides detailed information on writing summaries, lab reports, and proposals; conducting research and using academic sources; grammar, punctuation, and usage; conducting presentations; using graphics; and more. This revised edition includes more information on including graphics in notes, formal writing, and presentations, as well as updated content on writing for an audience, creating strong oral presentations, and preparing for tests, exams, and life after post-secondary education.


1:Writing and Thinking
Part 1: Writing for Yourself
2:Keeping Notes for Yourself
3:Graphics in Your Notes
4:Recording Data
Part 2: Writing for Colleagues
5:Strategies for Successful Writing
6:Writing without Plagiarism
7:Working Collaboratively
8:Writing Summaries and Abstracts
9:Writing a Lab or Progress Report
10:Writing Tests and Examinations
Part 3: Writing for Others
11:Writing for Non-Specialists
12:Writing Proposals
13:Giving Presentations
14:Writing a Resumé and Letter of Application
Appendix A: Documentation
Appendix B: Grammar and Usage
Part 1: Common Errors in Grammar and Usage
Part 2: Punctuation
Part 3: Misused Words and Phrases
Appendix C: Weights, Measures, and Notation
Appendix D: Example Documents

About the author: 

Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University. With the original Making Sense volume now in its eighth edition and seven specialized adaptations currently published, Northey's series of Making Sense texts has experienced tremendous success in the Canadian undergraduate market. 
Judi Jewinski was the Administrative Dean of Renison University College, University of Waterloo before her retirement in 2017. 
Andrew Trivett is an associate professor in the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island.

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