Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing (8th edition)

Margot Northey; Joan McKibbin
  • Concise. Features an overview of research and writing, 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, including coverage of MLA, APA, CSE, and Chicago styles 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. The volumes in the Making Sense series-covering courses in humanities, 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.

Revisions to the eighth edition of Making Sense include coverage of new developments in technology-based research and writing, new instructions on creating effective arguments, and up-to-date coverage of MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE documentation styles.


A Note to the Student
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


Margot Northey, Former Dean of the School of Business, Queen's University, Ontario
Joan McKibbin, Instructor, St. Lawrence College