previewing a non-fiction book

Before you start to play tennis, for example, you usually do warming up. Otherwise, you many have a lot of difficulties. This is a good idea in reading. Look before you begin serious reading of a book (a non-fiction book ). Then it is much easier to understand. That is what you do when you preview.

The are several ways of previewing a non-fiction book

1. Examine the outside-front and back. (study title, illustration; read the “blurbs” or comments on the jacket or cover; study the massages on the end flaps, if any.)
2. Note the author’s name; read any biographical information about him (What are his qualifications?)
3. Check the publisher’s name and the copyright date. (dates are of  almost importance in many areas of study. The book, if unrevised, could be very outdated. Study the publishing history-number of copies; dates of reprints,  etc. This information normally is found on back of the title page
4. Read the front matter-Introduction, Preface, Foreword, etc. (A quick check of this information will give a good indication of what the writer sets out to do in the book.)
5. Carefully look over the Table of Contents. (This is the skeletal outline for the entire book. It will indicate the writer’s approach and general treatment of the subject, the number of chapters and their approximate leght and structure. It will also list back matter-Indexes, Bibliographies, Glossaries, etc)
6. Thumb throught the book. (Stop briefly to note layout and typography.Note any graphics-photographic inclusions, maps, diagrams, cartoons,foldouts, etc)
7. If there is an overall Summary of Conclusion, read it carefully
8. Peruse Indexes, Bibliographies, or Glossaries if any are included
9. From the preview, evaluate the book’s value for your purpose. (If it lacks what you need or want, select another title and repeat this preview process.)

Soal ini….

Argh…., masuk ke soal ujian (Ujian Tengah Semester). Saya tahu dan mengaplikasikan betul ‘ilmu’ di atas. Cuma.., ya saya gag hapa persis. Whua……

Jadinya yang saya tulis di kertas ujian :

1. Examine the outside-front and back, read the comment on the jacket or cover

2. Read the “blurbs” on the jacket or cover and back of the book

3. Read the summary [haw… haw… mangnya ada summary???]

4. Check the publisher’s name

5. Check the published date

6. Read the author [hua… mestinya itu “Note the author’s name; read any biographical information about him” Buat apa coba kalo cuma ‘read the name’]

7. Carefully look over the Table of Contents. [hore… ini persis. Saya ingat walaupun singkat.]

8. Thumb throught the book. [ini juga persis, Walaupun singkat banget]

9. If there is an overall Summary of Conclusion, read it carefully. [hore lagi… ini persis juga]

Kira-kira begitulah jawabannyah di Answer Sheet. Ya, mendinglah daripada gag isi. Dan sangat “mending” daripada teman-teman yang nyontek, liat jimat, buka buku, blablabla, ituh….

Hore….! Semoga dosennya baik.


About Nilna R.Isna

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Posted on November 5, 2008, in Bahasa Inggris, Semester 3. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Komentar.

  1. permisi saya mau tanya apa sajakah yang sering keluar di soal test perusahaan atau pun mahasiswa?? sekian trima kasih?

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