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

  1. Jan 18, 2013 #1
    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..
     
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  3. Jan 18, 2013 #2
    Re: Taking a look on other University websites to get an idea of the best books per f

    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.
     
  4. Jan 18, 2013 #3
    Re: Taking a look on other University websites to get an idea of the best books per f

    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?
     
  5. Jan 18, 2013 #4
    Re: Taking a look on other University websites to get an idea of the best books per f

    PF Bibliography
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=638547

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