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Chemistry Writing - Spring 2017 (21:160:350): Reading & Writing Tips

This guide was specifically created for Dr. Mendelsohn's class - Spring 2017

Writing Center

On the Rutgers-Newark campus, the Writing Center is located in Conklin 126.  Tutors there are available to help students with revising drafts of their papers, including improving grammar and usage.  Check the Web site for the most up-to-date hours of operation:

Tips for Reading & Summarizing Scientific Articles

  • Each of the 3 books placed on Reserve for your class at the Dana Library Circulation Desk offers some help with reading scientific articles - whether it's advice on note-taking or summarizing, an explanation of how articles are organized, or a key to some common abbreviations used in the scientific literature. The "Chemistry Writing - Spring 2016 - Reserves - Handout" document below notes the specific sections within each book that you may find especially helpful.
  • You may also find these tips on reading and summarizing scientific journal articles helpful:

Writing Tips

  • Each of the 3 books placed on Reserve for your class offers writing tips, including how to summarize articles, write a literature review, and properly cite your sources. The "Chemistry Writing - Spring 2015 - Reserves - Handout" document below notes the specific sections within each book that you may find especially helpful as you work on your course assignments.
  • Please note that you may also access The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information (3rd edition) for FREE if you join ACS ChemWorx (which is free to join). Some chapters are also freely available at http://pubs.acs.org/isbn/9780841239999
  • You will be following the JACS (Journal of the American Chemical Society) format:
    1. The order of your references section is NOT alphabetical; rather, the list should be in order of appearance in your paper
    2. Since you do not list the same source twice in your references section, you ARE expected to repeat superscripts within your paper
    3. To see an example, visit: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ja206833z or http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ja5098622 (links works on-campus)

3 Reserve Items

The following 3 itens have been placed on Reserve for your class this semester.  To access them, stop by the Circulation desk in the lobby of the John Cotton Dana Libaray and fill out a Reserves Slip.  You will need the call numbers below:

Physical Sciences Librarian

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Bonnie Fong
Contact:
John Cotton Dana Library

185 University Ave

Newark, NJ 07102-1814

(973) 353-3811