Skip to main content
* UC Irvine access only

Writing a Scientific Paper: Bibliography of guides to scientific writing and presenting

Discussion of how to understand and write different sections of a scientific paper. Discussions of how to write Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Data, and Discussion.

Some useful Books in the Science Library

Blaxter, Loraine and others. How to Research. (2001) Science Library Bar 180.55 M4 B59

Coghill, Anne and Garson, Lorrin. The ACS (American Chemical Society) Style Guide. (2006) Science Library  Reference QD 8.5 A25

Glasman-Deal, Hilary. Science Research Writing For Non-native Speakers of English. (2010) Science Library  Bar T 11 G53

Gustavii, Bjorn. How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper. (2008)  Science Library  Reference T 11 G86

Issever, Cigdem and Peach, Ken. Presenting Science. (2010) Science Library  Bar 223 I87

Lebrun, Jean-Luc. When the Scientist Presents: An audio and video guide to science talks. (2010) Science Library  Bar Q 224 L43

Locke, Lawrence and others. Proposals that work : A guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals. (2000) Science Library Reference Q 180.55 P7 L63

O’Leary, Zina. The Essential Guide to Doing Research. (2004) Science Library  Bar 180.55 M4 O52

Pechenik, Jan A. A short guide to writing about biology. (2007) Science Library Reference QH304 .P43


Other Online Resources

Scientific Communication

What information should you include in an abstract, and in what order? How can you get your message across in an oral presentation — with or without slides? How much text is acceptable on a poster? Communication is an integral part of the research you perform as a scientist and a crucial competence for a successful career, yet it is an activity you may not feel prepared for.

In this area of the site you will find dozens of resources to help you master scientific communication. If you are looking for a comprehensive coverage in the subject, you will find English Communication for Scientists quite useful. Organized as six self-contained units, this course will help you understand basic communication strategies and address various audiences (Unit 1); design and draft not only scientific papers (Unit 2) but also e-mail, résumés, and short reports (Unit 3); structure, support, and deliver oral presentations (Unit 4); create and present posters, chair sessions, and participate in panels (Unit 5); and prepare, run, and evaluate classroom sessions (Unit 6). If you are looking for help on particular topics, browse the list of selected entries from English Communication for Scientists.