Write Like a Chemist

Write Like a Chemist : A Guide and Resource

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Write Like a Chemist is a unique guide to chemistry-specific writing. Written with National Science Foundation support and extensively piloted in chemistry courses nationwide, it offers a structured approach to writing that targets four important chemistry genres: the journal article, conference abstract, scientific poster, and research proposal. Chemistry students, post-docs, faculty, and other professionals interested in perfecting their disciplinary writing will find it an indispensable reference. Users of the book will learn to write through a host of exercises, ranging in difficulty from correcting single words and sentences to writing professional-quality papers, abstracts, posters, and proposals. The book's read-analyze-write approach teaches students to analyze what they read and then write, paying attention to audience, organization, writing conventions, grammar, and science content, thereby turning the complex process of writing into graduated, achievable tasks. Concise writing and organizational skills are stressed throughout, and "move structures" teach students conventional ways to present their stories of scientific discovery. This resource includes over 350 excerpts from ACS journal articles, ACS conference abstracts, and successful NSF CAREER proposals, excerpts that will serve as useful models of chemistry writing for years to come.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 720 pages
  • 180 x 254 x 38mm | 1,360.77g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • tables and figures
  • 0195367421
  • 9780195367423

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Anyone teaching a college course in professional writing for chemistry students would do well to consider using this thorough, detailed, and systematic book as the textbook. It offers excellent support for students and a solid framework for teachers. Enterprising students who don't have access to a course could profitably use this book on their own, too. Robinson and colleagues have succeeded in producing the "guide and resource" promised in their subtitle for chemists who write - a strong contender for the definitive book in the field. * Technical Communication *show more

About Marin S. Robinson

Marin S. Robinson: Associate Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science, Northern Arizona University Fredricka L. Stoller: Professor of English, Northern Arizona University Molly Costanza-Robinson: Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Middlebury College James K. Jones: Graduate teaching assistant for "Write Like a Chemist" project, 2001-2004show more

Table of contents

SECTION ONE: WRITING MODULES; MODULE 1THE JOURNAL ARTICLE; MODULE 2THE SCIENTIFIC POSTER; MODULE 3THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL; SECTION TWO: GRAPHICS AND CITATIONS; APPENDIX A - LANGUAGE TIPS; APPENDIX B - MOVE STRUCTURES; REFERENCES; INDEXshow more

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