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Resources for writing
Individual tutoring to improve your writing, at any stage of the writing process. Appointments and walk-ins, primarily for undergrads and international graduate students but also to some other Duke affiliates.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
An excellent resource for academic writing style guidance. It's mostly general, but includes some science-specific content, like a section on writing scientific abstracts.
Citation Management Tools
Citation tools allow you to save and organize your research. They also let you create formatted bibliographies.
Downloadable as a standalone program from OIT, EndNote is a powerful citation tool for organizing your research and creating formatted citations. In addition to the standalone option, you can create an EndNote Web account.
Downloadable as a standalone program or a Firefox extension, Zotero is designed to store content in any format, including PDFs, images, audio and video files, and snapshots of web pages. Zotero operates with thousands of sites, and automatically indexes your library for ease of access.
Free PDF and reference manager. Read, annotate, organize, and collaborate on research projects with others using Mendeley.
Some library books of interest
The Craft of Scientific Communication by
Publication Date: 2010
"Organized topically with information on the structural elements and the style of scientific communications, each chapter draws on models of past successes and failures to show students and practitioners how best to negotiate the world of print, online publication, and oral presentation."
Writing in the Biological Sciences by
Call Number: QH304 .H64 2016
Publication Date: 2015
"[P]rovides students with all of the techniques and information they need to communicate their scientific ideas, insights, and discoveries."
Scientific Writing and Communication by
Call Number: Q223 .H63 2010
Publication Date: 2009
"[B]egins with a discussion of the basics of scientific writing style and composition and then applies these principles to writing research papers, review articles, grant proposals, research statements, and resumes as well as to preparing academic presentations and posters."
Do I Make Myself Clear? by
Call Number: PE1408 .E83 2017
Publication Date: 2017-05-16
"[A]n essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder."
Presenting Data by
Publication Date: 2014
Poor presentation of data is everywhere; basic principles are forgotten or ignored. As a result, audiences are presented with confusing tables and charts that do not make immediate sense. This book is intended to be read by all who present data in any form.
The Craft of Scientific Presentations by
Publication Date: 2013
"By showing the differences between strong and weak presentations, by identifying the errors that scientific presenters typically make, and by teaching a much more powerful approach for scientific presentations than what is commonly practiced, this book places you in a position to elevate your presentations to a high level."
Science Blogging by
Call Number: Q225 .S343 201
Publication Date: 2016
"[T]he essential how-to guide for communicating scientific research and discoveries online..."