Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry

ISBN-10: 0205550606

ISBN-13: 9780205550609

Edition: 2010

Authors: Jan A. Pechenik, Holly B. Davis, Julian F. Tyson

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This writing guide, by the author of Pearsonrsquo;s best-sellingShort Guide to Writing about Biologyalong with two well-known chemists, teaches readers to think as chemists and to express ideas clearly and concisely through their writing. Providing readers with the tools they'll need to be successful writers,A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistryemphasizes writing as a way of examining, evaluating, and sharing ideas. The book teaches readers how to read critically, study, evaluate and report data, and how to communicate information clearly and logically. Readers are also given detailed advice on locating, evaluating, and citing useful sources within the discipline; maintaining effective laboratory notebooks and writing laboratory reports; writing effective research proposals and reports; and communicating information to both professional and general audiences.
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Book details

List price: $71.80
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Preface
General Advice About Writing and Reading Chemistry
Writing: A Threshold Skill
What Do Chemists Write About and Why?
The Keys to Success
Ten Strategies for Preparing Your First Draft
Ten Strategies for Revising and Editing: Getting to Your Final Draft
Rules and Conventions: the Easy Stuff
The Essential Last Pass: Proofread
General Advice on Reading and Note-Taking
Why Read and What to Read
Effective Reading
Effective Note-Taking and Note-Organizing
Reading Data: Plumbing the Depths of Figures and Tables
Reading Text: Summarize As You Go
Plagiarism and Note-Taking
Checklist for Reading and Note-Taking
Citing Sources and Listing References
Citing Sources
Some Guidelines for Citing Sources In Chemistry
Preparing the References Section
A Sample References Page
Checklist for Citing Sources
Checklist for Preparing the References Section
Revising
Why Revise?
Revising for Content
Revising for Clarity
Revising for Completeness
Checklist for Revising
Editing for Concision and ACS Style
Editing for Gender Neutral Language
Editing for Concision
Editing for ACS Style: Some Guidelines
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Capitalization for Chemists
Hyphens
Spelling
Chemistry Specific Conventions
Conclusion
Checklist
Guidelines for Specific Tasks
Keeping Laboratory Notebooks
The Role of Laboratory Instruction
The Teaching Laboratory Notebook
The Research Laboratory Notebook
Checklist for Final Draft
The Role of Lab Instruction
Writing Reports of Teaching Laboratory Experiments
Composition of the Report
Checklist for a Final Draft
Writing Summaries and Critiques
Writing the First Draft
Writing the Summary
Writing the Critique
Concluding Thoughts
Checklists tor Summaries and Critiques
Writing Essays and Review Papers
Writing to Learn
Why Bother?
Getting Started
Researching Your Topic
Developing a Thesis Statement
Writing the Paper
Plagiarism
Citing Sources
Creating a Title
Revising and Editing
Checklist for Writing Essays and Review Papers
The Plagiarism Challenge
The Citing Sources Challenge
Writing Research Reports The Nature of Scientific Research Components of a Research Report
Longer Reports
Publication of Research Results
Preparing a Manuscript as Though for Publication
Checklist for a Final Draft
Writing Research Proposals
The Research Proposal as Persuasive Writing
What Are Reviewers Looking For?
Researching Your Topic
What Makes a Good Research Topic?
Writing the Proposal
Tightening the Logic
A Real Research Proposal
Checklist for a Final Draft
Answering Timed Essay Questions
Basic Principles
Applying the Principles
The Writing Component of the Graduate Record Exam
Checklist for Answering Timed Essay Questions
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