Grad Experimental NRE 501
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Date Created: 10/29/15
NRE 501 Ecosystem Modeling and Synthesis Instructor W S Currie Writing tips for written assignments You already know how to write But as you complete the written assignments strive to take your writing to the next level General principles Do not turn in a draft Turn in your best professional scienti c writing Organize your writing in paragraphs and use a topic sentence to introduce each paragraph Paragraphs should rarely run more than 12 to 23 of a doublespaced page If your paragraphs run longer than this break them into smaller paragraphs Structure the writing so that paragraphs ow logically An easy way to assess this is to skim the manuscript reading just the topic sentence in each paragraph Each should ow from the previous and the overall ow of the main points should be evident The points you make should contribute to an overall position or to an overall story Before beginning stop and think about the overall message you want to convey For example if you are writing a critical review of a paper avoid organizing your essay around the main points the author of the paper made in the order the author made them Develop a structure around the main points you wish to establish The writing need not be stilted or pedantic it is acceptable to develop a voice and some personality in your writing A paper can be very well written and at the same time be scientific Writing Style Some common writing mistakes to avoid in scientific writing include the following Avoid incorrect English usage grammar or punctuation Avoid using contractions such as doesn t wouldn t etc Avoid colloquialisms such as pretty good or a big deal etc Avoid nonstandard words In general use only words that appear in an unabridged dictionary Some exceptions are wellaccepted technical terms for example Cryic H apludalf 0 Following on the last point avoid overuse of j argon or technical terms A particular hazard when writing about computer models or analyses is using computer software jargon An example would be I used the PROC NONLIN in SAS to probe whether 0 Avoid the solidus slash character except for division or in units eg gmz Avoid using the solidus to write pharases like and or One widelyused exception to this rule is in the phrase land use land cover which is OK 0 Avoid sentences that run too long or are too convoluted Recast them into several more simple sentences
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