Register to reply

Taking a look on other University websites to get an idea of the best books per field

by tsuwal
Tags: bibliography, book, syllabus, university
Share this thread:
tsuwal
#1
Jan18-13, 12:35 PM
tsuwal's Avatar
P: 103
I'm a Engineering student at "Instituto Superior Tecnico" in Lisbon (it's capital), renowned in Portugal for being its best engineering school. I have a hard time finding the best books in each subject since the bibliography is very extensive most of the times, or the teacher just chooses his or his friend's book. Finding the best book in each subject is very important for me since my course is very demanding and I need to find the best books in each field so I can take maximum profit out of my study. Also, one of my favorite hobbies is to learn about new science fields. However, even in those situations, finding a good book on which I know I can rely is a difficult task and makes the difference between going forward or turning my head in another direction. Besides, there are so many books it's difficult to choose and they are expensive!

So, in order to find good books, I've tried to cross reference with the bibliographies of other Engineering Schools. I know I can search on Amazon, but that as some disadvantages. If you don't know beforehand a good book on the subject, it will be a difficult task to find one, I think Amazon is best for comparison. Even though now Amazon has a top on each field, it's difficult to measure how "academic" the book is.

On that line of thought, I looked at my faculty web-page and thought "My faculty web page is very well organized and easily accessible. I wish I found a Faculty whose website was as good as mine" and it's written in English!
Check it out here:
http://www.ist.utl.pt/en/education/
(choose the course then click on course web pages on the left)
For example, here is the curriculum for Physics, if you click in one subject you can easily access important information like syllabus (program) and bibliography:
https://fenix.ist.utl.pt/cursos/meft/course-web-pages


So, I started searching, beginning with the Ivy League schools. However, I was disappointed because all of them have almost inaccessible/inaccessible bibliography or recommend their own materials.

And that's the reason why I'm posting this, if you faculty has this information accessible please tell me what your faculty is! I would be a big help, and now you guys have my faculty webpage..
Phys.Org News Partner Science news on Phys.org
Pilot sites in energy from coffee waste show good results
Startups offer banking for smartphone users
Factor in naked mole rat's cells enhances protein integrity
n10Newton
#2
Jan18-13, 02:40 PM
P: 108
Give a look at PF Textbook Bibliography. Most of the Universities use the books by their own Professors & Press. Google Oxford & Cambridge they are accessible to all.
tsuwal
#3
Jan18-13, 04:28 PM
tsuwal's Avatar
P: 103
I think MIT opencourseware, in spite of saying "This OCW Scholar course is self-contained and no textbook is required." often is better than oxford or cambridge website.. What is PF textbook bibliographhy?

n10Newton
#4
Jan18-13, 09:54 PM
P: 108
Taking a look on other University websites to get an idea of the best books per field

Quote Quote by tsuwal View Post
I think MIT opencourseware, in spite of saying "This OCW Scholar course is self-contained and no textbook is required." often is better than oxford or cambridge website.. What is PF textbook bibliographhy?
PF Bibliography
http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=638547

If you want something like MIT OCW then look on Yale Open Course and others also.


Register to reply

Related Discussions
Taking Calc 2 next semester. Any websites or books that really help to understand it? Academic Guidance 10
Cryptography Books/Websites Quantum Physics 1
Help finding good books/websites Electrical Engineering 5
Books/websites for aid General Discussion 2
Math Books/Websites General Math 0