Archive for the ‘Reference Books’ Category

How BP’s Win-at-all-Costs Culture Led to This Era’s Greatest Industrial Catastrophe

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit
Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit
Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit

Award-winning Houston Chronicle journalist Loren Steffy delivers an authoritative and hard-hitting account of the Deepwater Horizon disaster–how it’s only part of a larger pattern of corporate hubris on the part of British Petroleum. Written by the man many consider to be closest to the unfolding Gulf environmental catastrophe, Drowning in Oil will be a complete narrative of BP, as well as the impact its recent miscues will have on both the US economy and global energy markets.

Featuring original, never-before-published interviews with BP executives, environmental experts, and oil industry insiders, this book takes readers behind the scenes to reveal in unprecedented detail BP’s win-at-all-costs corporate culture. Steffy covers 100 years of BP corporate history from the conglomerate’s early gambits in Persia’s oilfields through its role in Winston Churchill’s rise to power up to its recent scandals and disasters. Worthy of comparisons to Daniel Yergin’s The Prize, and Burrough’s and Helyar’s Barbarians at the Gate, Drowning in Oil will become the definitive account of the energy industry as the industrialized world nears the age of Peak Oil.

The Metric Handbook (9780750652810)

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data (3rd Edition)

Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data (3rd Edition)

Originally devised as a guide for converting from imperial to metric measurements, ‘The Metric Handbook’ has since been totally transformed into the major handbook of planning and design data for architects. This new edition has been updated to account of the most recent changes to regulation and practice – in particular the increasing emphasis on environmental legislation – to meet the needs of the modern building design professional.

The Metric Handbook deals with all the principal building types from airports, factories and warehouses, offices shops and hospitals, to schools, religious buildings and libraries. For each type the book gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data, as well as succinct guidance on how to use the information and what regulations the designer may need to be aware of.

As well as buildings the Metric Handbook deals with broader aspects of design such as materials, acoustics and lighting, and general design data on human dimensions and space requirements.

The Metric Handbook is a unique authoritative reference for solving everyday planning problems. It has sold well over 100,000 copies worldwide to successive generations of architects and designers – this is a book that truly belongs on every design office desk and drawing board.

* THE tried and trusted source of information for all basic design data
* Every important type of public and private building dealt with, from homes to hospitals, from law courts to laboratories
* Well over 100,000 copies have been sold worldwide to successive generations of architects and designers

Building Construction Handbook (9781856178051)

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Building Construction Handbook

Building Construction Handbook

Building Construction Handbook is an authoritative reference for all students and professionals. It is full of detailed drawings that clearly illustrate the construction of building elements. The principles and processes of construction are explained with the concepts of design included where appropriate. Extensive coverage of building construction practice and techniques, representing both traditional procedures and modern developments, are also included to provide the most comprehensive and easy to understand guide to building construction.

The new edition has been reviewed and updated to include further material on energy conservation, sustainable construction, environmental and green building issues. More details of fire protection to elements of construction are now provided.

Ccomprehensive coverage of techniques, but not in too great a depth

Many clear, effective diagrams express ideas visually.

Regularly updated text with a strong track record

Reference Books Review

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

If you are looking for information than reference books are one of the places that you can look. Whether you are looking for something current or in the past, you will be able to find what you are looking for. There are several different types of books that you can turn to. There are almanacs, yearbooks, atlases, maps, charities, consumer guides, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, etiquette, genealogy, language and even the obituaries.

  • What other types of reference books are available?
  • How far back can these books date?
  • Can I learn about my family tree?
  • Are there books that have famous sayings?

These are all very good questions that you may be asking yourself. Many of the reference books that are available are able to help guide you in the right direction if you are looking to start a new project or even a new career. For example, publishing books can point you in the right direction on how to get your book published and even give you many of the publishing companies that you can write to. This can help you to save a lot of time trying to figure out which companies to submit your work to.

You will also find reference books for writing, general AAS, transport, research methods, fun facts, trivia, thesauri, information sciences and library. Of course, each one of these has its own type of listings as well. For example, if you need a directory, you will be able to find one for art, business, economics, careers, jobs, charities, education, film & the performing arts, internet, law, medical, museums, sports, trade, commerce, travel writing and universities, colleges and schools.

If you think that there is only one type of dictionary than you need to think again. You can find a dictionary for Braille & sign language, children, clichés, English, foreign languages, glossaries & terms, picture, quotations, slang & idioms, subject dictionaries, synonyms & antonyms, thesauri and usage guides. By having the knowledge that there are several different types of dictionaries that you can choose from, it will help to narrow down the search for the information that you need.

  • Are reference books considered to be educational?
  • Do they cover a wide variety of subjects?
  • Who do I turn to with questions?

What titles are available?
No matter what topic you are looking for, there is a wide variety of titles available for each. You can find the Guinness World Records, Big Book of Top Gear, Writers and Artists Yearbook of 2010, and even The Official Manchester United Annual 2010. If you are looking for a reference book that can give you help, you will be able to find The Writers Handbook, Public Affairs for Journalists, Your Writing Coach and Read at Home: Flashcards Wordgames. These are helpful reference books that you can use to help children learn how to read and pronounce words and even how to get your very own writing career off the ground.

You will also find reference books such as Naming Your Baby: The Definitive Dictionary of First Names, I Never Knew That About England, Collins Bradford’s Crossword Solver’s Dictionary, Hippo Eats Dwarf, The Daily Telegraph Military Obituaries, The Elements of Style, Doing a Review in Health and Social Care, Delia’s Happy Christmas, Business Research Methods, Wide Sargasso Sea, Talk Spanish and Get Her Off the Pitch!: How Sport Took Over My Life. All of these books and many more are available to you in the reference section.

Some of these books are filled with information for you to be able to expand your knowledge and others are filled with helpful information so that you can learn something or be able to teach something to someone. One of the important things is to shop and look under the correct category. If you are unsure, it could take longer to find just what you need, which can become very frustrating and make the process take too much time.

What type of help can I get?
You may be wondering what type of help you can get with a particular book that you are reading. One of the best ways is to join a discussion group so that you can speak with others who are currently reading the same book or to speak with someone at the place you purchased it. By doing this, you may be able to get the answers that you need to your questions. It is also the perfect opportunity to be able to speak with others and get their insight on the book you are both reading.

Asking questions is helpful in the respect that you can see the other side of the equation so to speak. It can help to bring things into focus by hearing someone explain the answer to you as opposed to trying to figure it out in your reading. This is also a great way to make new friends with others that have the same thing in common as yourself. This is great quality time for just you and can be relaxing and enjoyable.

There are many people that like to join in on a group discussion and you can meet once a week or once a month. When doing this by telephone or by a meeting online, you are able to speak with people from all walks of life and with those that live on other places. This means that you are able to meet and speak with people from everywhere. Giving yourself the opportunity to call in and ask questions about your book, such as a particular chapter, if there are other books that follow the one you are reading and if it has helped someone else is a wonderful way to be able to get a better perspective of what you are currently reading.

So, if you are currently on a chapter that you are stuck on, or maybe you are looking for information in a dictionary and you cannot seem to find the answer that you need, join in to speak with others.