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Write or Left

Contributor: Priebe

Publisher: Sybil Priebe

In this book, we'll go over some of the general principles of writing practices as well as advice and tips on how to write creatively, but mainly, you’ll be introduced to as many genres and categories as possible. We won’t get bogged down in doing the writing process “perfectly” or creating “perfect literature.” The goal is to learn about as many genres as possible, practice writing in those genres, and get feedback.

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Read more about Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice

Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice

Contributors: Saito , Sonderegger , and Kleesattel 

Publisher: Rebus Community

Aesthetic Theory and Practice offers fresh perspectives on canonical and emerging topics in aesthetics, and also brings attention to a number of culturally sensitive topics that are customarily silenced in introductions to philosophical aesthetics. The papers are heterogeneous in terms of length and degrees of difficulty, inviting the reader into the study of contemporary aesthetics, which spans a lifetime.

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Writing Guide with Handbook

Contributors: Robinson, Jerskey, and Fulwiller

Publisher: OpenStax

Writing Guide with Handbook aligns to the goals, topics, and objectives of many first-year writing and composition courses. It is organized according to relevant genres, and focuses on the writing process, effective writing practices or strategies—including graphic organizers, writing frames, and word banks to support visual learning—and conventions of usage and style. The text includes an editing and documentation handbook, which provides information on grammar and mechanics, common usage errors, and citation styles.

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Surveying and Mapping

Contributors: Tiberius, van der Marel, Reudink, and van Leijen

Publisher: TU Delft Open

This book provides an introduction, at academic level, into the field of surveying and mapping. The book has been compiled based on hand-outs and readers written for the third-year course Surveying and Mapping, in the bachelor program Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology. This book covers a wide range of measurement techniques, from land surveying, GPS/GNSS and remote sensing to the associated data processing, the underlying coordinate reference systems, as well as the analysis and visualization of the acquired geospatial information.

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Read more about Gendered Lives: Global Issues

Gendered Lives: Global Issues

Contributors: Fernandez and Nelson

Publisher: Milne Open Textbooks

A gender studies textbook that takes an anthropological approach.

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Read more about Effective Professional Communication: A Rhetorical Approach

Effective Professional Communication: A Rhetorical Approach

Contributors: Bennetch, Owen, and Keesey

Publisher: University of Saskatchewan

Welcome to Effective Professional Communication, your text book for the RCM 200 course at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Read more about Evidence-based Software Engineering

Evidence-based Software Engineering

Contributor: Jones

Publisher: Knowledge Software

This book discusses what is currently known about software engineering, based on an analysis of all the publicly available data. This aim is not as ambitious as it sounds, because there is not a great deal of data publicly available.

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Read more about Building with Nature & Beyond: Principles for designing nature based engineering solutions

Building with Nature & Beyond: Principles for designing nature based engineering solutions

Contributor: Slinger

Publisher: TU Delft Open

This book is based upon the edX MOOCs Engineering: Building with Nature and Beyond Engineering: Building with Nature. The Engineering: Building with Nature MOOC, explores the use of natural materials and ecological processes in achieving effective and sustainable hydraulic infrastructure designs, distilling Engineering and Ecological Design Principles. In the Beyond Engineering: Building with Nature course, the missing element of Social Design Principles is developed and taught.

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Read more about Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry I

Contributor: Liu

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

An open textbook that is suitable for the first semester of Organic Chemistry. Basic concepts of the structures and reactivities of organic molecules are covered in this open textbook. Besides the fundamental discussions of organic acids-bases, stereochemistry, IR and NMR, this book also includes the topics of substitution and elimination reactions, radical substitution of alkanes, preparation and reactions of alkenes and alkynes.

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Read more about Making and Being

Making and Being

Contributors: Jahoda and Woolard

Publisher: Pioneer Works Press

Making and Being offers a framework for teaching art that emphasizes contemplation, collaboration, and political economy. Authors Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard, two visual arts educators and members of the collective BFAMFAPhD*, share ideas and teaching strategies that they have adapted to spaces of learning which range widely, from self-organized workshops for professional artists to Foundations BFA and MFA thesis classes. This hands-on guide includes activities, worksheets, and assignments and is a critical resource for artists and art educators today. Making and Being is a book, a series of videos, a deck of cards, and an interactive website with freely downloadable content (click on links below to download worksheets, activities, and chapters as PDFs and editable Google Docs).

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