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This writing guide, by the author of Pearson's best-selling Short Guide to Writing about Biology along with two well-known chemists, teaches students to think as chemists and to express ideas clearly and concisely through their writing. Providing students with the tools they'll need to be successful writers, A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry emphasizes 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. Students 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.
PrefacePart I: General Advice About Writing And Reading Chemistry1. Writing: A Threshold Skill What Do Chemists Write About And Why?The Keys to SuccessTen Strategies for Preparing Your First DraftTen Strategies for Revising and Editing: Getting to Your Final DraftRules and Conventions: The Easy StuffThe Essential Last Pass: Proofread2. General Advice on Reading and Note-Taking Why Read and What to ReadEffective ReadingEffective 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 3. Citing Sources and Listing References Citing SourcesSome Guidelines for Citing Sources In Chemistry Preparing the References SectionA Sample References Page Checklist for Citing SourcesChecklist for Preparing the References Section 4. Revising Why Revise? Revising for ContentRevising for Clarity Revising for Completeness Checklist for Revising5. Editing for Concision and ACS Style Editing for Gender Neutral LanguageEditing for ConcisionEditing for ACS Style: Some GuidelinesAbbreviations and AcronymsCapitalization for Chemists Hyphens SpellingChemistry Specific Conventions ConclusionChecklistPart II: Guidelines for Specific Tasks6. Keeping Laboratory Notebooks The Role of Laboratory Instruction The Teaching Laboratory NotebookThe Research Laboratory NotebookChecklist for Final Draft7. The Role of Lab InstructionWriting Reports of Teaching Laboratory ExperimentsComposition of the ReportChecklist for a Final Draft8. Writing Summaries and CritiquesWriting the First DraftWriting the SummaryWriting the CritiqueConcluding ThoughtsChecklists tor Summaries and Critiques9. Writing Essays and Review Papers Writing to Learn Why Bother?Getting StartedResearching Your Topic Developing a Thesis StatementWriting the PaperPlagiarism Citing SourcesCreating a TitleRevising and EditingChecklist for Writing Essays and Review PapersThe Plagiarism ChallengeThe Citing Sources Challenge10. Writing Research Reports The Nature of Scientific Research Components of a Research Report Longer ReportsPublication of Research ResultsPreparing a Manuscript as Though for PublicationChecklist for a Final Draft11. Writing Research Proposals The Research Proposal as Persuasive WritingWhat Are Reviewers Looking For? Researching Your TopicWhat Makes a Good Research Topic?Writing the Proposal Tightening the LogicA Real Research Proposal Checklist for a Final Draft12. Answering Timed Essay Questions Basic PrinciplesApplying the Principles The Writing Component of the Graduate Record Exam Checklist for Answering Timed Essay Questions
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