Write Like a Chemist: A Writing Resource for Chemistry Majors

Paperback | September 1, 2008

byMarin Robinson, Fredricka Stoller

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Meant as a companion to The ACS Style Guide, not a competitor, this book is an extraordinary resource for upper-level chemistry majors as well as graduate students faced with writing a journal article, a conference abstract, or a thesis. Full of prepared research projects and exercises, WriteLike a Chemist provides expert instruction ideal for students from diverse backgrounds, including both native and nonnative speakers of English. It is specifically designed to help students transition from the writing skills required in undergraduate lecture and laboratory classes to writing skills required by career chemists: a journal article, a scientific poster, and a research proposal. Each of these types of writing is directed towarda different audience, and writing for a journal requires a different writing style than writing a research proposal for the National Science Foundation. Thus to write like a chemist requires that one learns to write for different audiences. This book assists young scientists in developing thatessential writing skill.

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Meant as a companion to The ACS Style Guide, not a competitor, this book is an extraordinary resource for upper-level chemistry majors as well as graduate students faced with writing a journal article, a conference abstract, or a thesis. Full of prepared research projects and exercises, WriteLike a Chemist provides expert instruction i...

Marin S. Robinson: Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Northern Arizona University Fredricka L. Stoller: Associate Professor of English, Northern Arizona University Molly Costanza-Robinson: Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Middlebury College James K. Jones: Graduate teaching assistant for "Write ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:1504 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195305078

ISBN - 13:9780195305074

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Table of Contents

1. Learning to Write Like a Chemist2. Overview of the Journal Article3. Writing the Methods Section4. Writing the Results Section5. Writing the Discussion6. Writing the Introduction7. Writing the Abstract and Title8. Writing the Conference Abstract9. Writing the Poster Text and Title10. Designing the Poster11. Overview of the Research Proposal12. Writing the Goals and Importance Section13. Writing the Proposed Methodology Section14. Writing the Outcomes and Impacts Section15. Writing the Project Summary and Title16. Formatting Figures, Tables, and Schemes17. Formatting Citations and References18. Finalizing Your Written Work

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"This work distills into one reference a skill set that is too often assumed by the field to be 'something you just learn' or is somehow gained through exposure and osmosis. The authors have tackled an enormous task in this text by presenting the content as both a 'teachable' text and a desk reference to be re-visited as needed."--Timothy Vail, Northern Arizona University "This is an outstanding text for the novice science writer as well as the experienced professional. Write Like a Chemist beautifully satisfies the need for a practical writing text aimed specifically at the chemical sciences that has long gone unfulfilled."--Ellen Fisher, Colorado State University "In my opinion, Write Like a Chemist is a text that fills a critical void in the education of writers of science. This particular book is unlike anything else that is currently on the market. I wholeheartedly believe that it will change the way we teach undergraduates how to 'write like a chemist.'"--Timm Knoerzer, Nazareth College "With this text almost any chemistry faculty member can teach writing in the chemistry genre. That is what makes it so useful."--Donald Paulson, California State University "As someone who has thought a lot about teaching writing to chemists, I am very impressed with this book. It approaches the writing tasks systematically, providing guidance in organization through an analysis of the most common move structures employed in scientific writing."--Jeffrey Kovac, University of Tennessee