Scientific Writing Geology 233

Bibliography of Science Writing References: Scientific Communication, Internet Resources, Plagiarism, and Literary Style

Provided by:  Dr. Steven Altaner, Geology Dept., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Web Links:

Evaluating Web Pages <>

This Web site from U. Calif. Berkeley Library reviews how to critically evaluate information found on the Internet.

Geological Society of America Style <> and < >

This Web site from Geological Society of America provides information for authors, including samples of reference styles for various types of information sources.

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It <>

This Web site from Indiana Univ. reviews plagiarism, including specific examples, and how to avoid it.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab <>

This excellent resource has helpful summaries of a vast array of writing topics, including the following broad categories: the writing process; professional, technical & job search writing; general academic writing; research & citation; grammar & mechanics; English as a Second Language; Internet literacy; and writing in engineering (& science).

Style Sheets for Citing Resources (Print and Electronic) < Citation Guide>

This Web site describes primary and secondary sources and includes suggestions for various citation styles.

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students <>

This web site accompanies the Alley (1996) textbook, referenced below. There is a lot of nicely presented information here including a writing workbook (with sample formats and documents) and interactive writing exercises to help students with issues of grammar, punctuation, usage, and style.


Alley, M., 1996, The craft of scientific writing, 3rd ed.: New York, NY, Springer-Verlag, 282 p. [808.0666 A154c1996]

Anholt, R. H., 1994, Dazzle ’em with style: The art of oral scientific presentation: New York, NY, W.H. Freeman & Co., 211 p. [501.4 AN49d]

Bates, J.D., 1980, Writing with precision: How to write so that you cannot possibly be misunderstood: New York, Penguin Books, 322 p. [808.066 B31w2000]

Bates, R. L., Adkins-Heljeson, M. D., Buchanan, R. C., eds., 1995, Geowriting: A guide to writing, editing, and printing in the Earth Sciences, 5th ed.: Alexandria, VA, American Geological Institute, 80 p. [550.149 C64G1974]

Blum, D. Knudson, M., and Henig, R.M., eds., 2006, A field guide for science writers, 2nd ed.: Oxford University Press, 321 p. [070.4495 F4552006]

Bolsky, M.I., 1988, Better scientific and technical writing: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall, 195 p.

Booth, V., 1993, Communicating in science: Writing a scientific paper and speaking at scientific meetings, 2nd ed.: New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 78 p. [808.0665 B644c1993]

Cleveland, W.S., 1985, The elements of graphing data: Monterey, CA, Wadsworth Advanced Books and Software, 323 p. [511.5 C599e]

Day R.A., 1998, How to write & publish a scientific paper, 5th ed.: Phoenix, AZ, Oryx Press, 275 p. [808.0665 D33h1998]

Dodd J.S., ed., 1997, The ACS style guide: A manual for authors and editors, 2nd ed.: Washington, DC, American Chemical Society, 460 p. [808.06654 Ac781997]

Follett, W., 1998, Modern American usage: A guide, 1st revised ed.: New York, NY, Hill & Wang, 362 p. [423.1 F72m1998]

Garson, G.D., 2002, Guide to writing empirical papers, theses, and dissertations: New York, Marcel Dekker, Inc., 350 p. [808.02 G195g]

Hacker, D., 2000, Rules for writers, 4th ed.: Boston, MA, Bedford Books, 499 p. [808.02 H115R2000]

Hansen, W.R., ed., 1991Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey, 7th ed.: U.S. Geological Survey. [655.522 UN3S1991]

Kenny, P., 1982, A handbook of public speaking for scientists and engineers: Adam Hilger, Ltd.

King, L.S., 1978, Why not say it clearly: A guide to scientific writing: Boston, MA, Little, Brown, 186 p. [808.06661 K58w]

Montgomery, S.L., 2002, The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science: Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 228 p. [501.4 M767c]

Peterson, M.S., 1961, Scientific thinking and scientific writing: New York, NY, Reinhold Pub. Corp., 215 p. [501.49 P445]

Picket, S.T.A., Hall, B.E., and Pace, M.L., 1991, Strategy and checklist for effective scientific talks: Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, v. 72, n. 1, p. 8-12. [570.6 EC]

Strunk, W., Jr., 2000, The elements of style, 4th ed.: Ithaca, NY, Press of W.P. Humphrey, 43 p. [808.042 St89e2000]