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  • Understanding Media and Culture

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    Author(s): Jack Lule, Lehigh University
    Date: Jan 24, 2017

    Description: This book’s title tells its intent. It is written to help you understand media and culture. The media and culture are so much a part of our days that sometimes it is difficult to step back and appreciate and apprehend their great impact on our lives. The book’s title, and the book itself, begin with a focus squarely on media. Think of your typical day. If you are like many people, you wake to a digital alarm clock or perhaps your cell phone. Soon after waking, you likely have a routine that inv...[more]

  • Concept Development Studies in Chemistry

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    Author(s): John S Hutchinson, Rice University
    Date: Jan 20, 2017

    Description: "Concept Development Studies in Chemistry" is an on-line textbook for an Introductory General Chemistry course. Each module develops a central concept in Chemistry from experimental observations and inductive reasoning. This approach complements an interactive or active learning teaching approach.

  • Communication Theory

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    Date: Jan 20, 2017

    Description: This book is an introduction to communication theory — the theory of how humans share, encode, and decode what they know, what they need, and what they expect from each other.

  • Building a Competitive First Nation Investment Climate

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    Author(s): Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics
    Date: Jan 20, 2017

    Description: This is the first edition of the open text book Building a Competitive Investment Climate on First Nation Lands. This textbook is for students who are First Nation and tribal government employees or students who would like to work for or with First Nation and tribal governments. The purpose of this textbook is to help interested First Nation and tribal governments build a competitive investment climate. Work began on this text book in early 2012 with a generous grant from the Donner Canadian Fo...[more]

  • Brief Calculus

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    Author(s): Benjamin Crowell, Light and Matter
    Date: Jan 20, 2017

    Description: This short text is designed more for self-study or review than for classroom use; full solutions are given for nearly all the end-of-chapter problems. For a more traditional text designed for classroom use, see Fundamentals of Calculus (http://www.lightandmatter.com/fund/). The focus is mainly on integration and differentiation of functions of a single variable, although iterated integrals are discussed. Infinitesimals are used when appropriate, and are treated more rigorously than in old book...[more]

  • Information Systems for Business and Beyond

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    Author(s): David T. Bourgeois, Ph.D.
    Date: Jan 17, 2017

    Description: Information Systems for Business and Beyond introduces the concept of information systems, their use in business, and the larger impact they are having on our world.

  • Information Systems

    Author(s): Richard T. Watson
    Date: Jan 17, 2017

    Description: Students need to understand systems and the systems concept, and they need to understand the role of ICT in enabling systems. Students will learn the characteristics of good systems (e.g., intuitive, likable, error-resistant, fast, flexible, and the like). Knowing the characteristics of good systems will permit students to demand well designed systems and to suggest how existing systems should be changed. Students need to understand the affordances, directions, and limits of hardware, software,...[more]

  • Human Resource Management

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    Author(s): Laura Dias , Shoreline Community College
    Date: Jan 17, 2017

    Description: Competing books are focused on the academic part of HRM, which is necessary in a university or college setting. However, the goal with this book is not only to provide the necessary academic background information but also to present the material with a practitioner’s focus on both large and small businesses. While the writing style is clear and focused, we don’t feel jargon and ten-dollar words are necessary to making a good textbook. Clear and concise language makes the book interesting and u...[more]

  • Geographic Information System Basics

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    Author(s): Jonathan E. Campbell, UCLA, Michael Shin, UCLA
    Date: Jan 17, 2017

    Description: Essentials of Geographic Information Systems integrates key concepts behind the technology with practical concerns and real-world applications. Recognizing that many potential GIS users are nonspecialists or may only need a few maps, this book is designed to be accessible, pragmatic, and concise. Essentials of Geographic Information Systems also illustrates how GIS is used to ask questions, inform choices, and guide policy. From the melting of the polar ice caps to privacy issues associated wit...[more]

  • Food Safety, Sanitation, and Personal Hygiene

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    Author(s): The BC Cook Articulation Committee, go2HR
    Date: Jan 3, 2017

    Description: Food Safety, Sanitation, and Personal Hygiene is one of a series of Culinary Arts open textbooks developed to support the training of students and apprentices in British Columbia’s foodservice and hospitality industry. Although created with the Professional Cook, Baker and Meatcutter programs in mind, these have been designed as a modular series, and therefore can be used to support a wide variety of programs that offer training in foodservice skills. Other books in the series include: Bas...[more]