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Last Updated: 18-Nov-2013

This guide includes scientific and technical papers and reports, dissertations and theses, reseach and grant proposals, science books, and web & apps.

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"Everyone, no matter what their field, needs the ability to communicate effectively in a range of situations. Academic and professional success depend upon it."

Writing Matters: Faculty Edition: "Nicholas Jenkins, Faculty Director of PWR, asked ten members of Stanford's faculty in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering about the importance of communication in their disciplines and about why writing matters to them."

Writing Matters: Student Edition: "Stanford undergraduate students in engineering, the humanities, mathematics, and the natural sciences talk about the importance of communication in their disciplines, and how their PWR experiences played a role in why writing matters to them."

3rd ed. / Washington, DC : American Chemical Society ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Request at circulation desk » QD8.5 .A25 2006
"An essential constant in this changing environment is the requirement that information remain accurate, clear, unambiguous, and ethically sound. The ACS Style Guide is the definitive source for all information needed to write, review, submit, and edit scholarly and scientific manuscripts. It is also an excellent resource for learning how to effectively communicate scientific information." (publisher's description)
The craft of scientific writing
3rd ed. New York : Springer, c1996.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T11 .A37 1996
"The Craft of Scientific Writing is designed to help scientists and engineers--both professionals already active in the disciplines as well as students preparing to enter the professions--write about their work clearly and effectively. The author, who is both a writer and an applied physicist, approaches the subject in a fresh way. Using scores of examples from a wide variety of authors and disciplines, the book demonstrates the difference between strong scientific writing and weak scientific writing. The book includes many useful suggestions about approaching a wide variety of writing tasks--from laboratory reports to grant proposals, from internal communications to press releases--as well as a concise guide to style and usage appropriate for scientific writing." (publisher's description)

Technical writing

Developing quality technical information : a handbook for writers and editors
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference, c2004.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T11 .D417 2004
Handbook of technical writing 10th edition
10th ed. New York : St. Martin's, c2012.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T11 .B78 2012
How to write and publish a scientific paper
7th ed. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » T11 .D33 2012
How to write technical reports
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, c2010.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Risk communication: a handbook for communicating environmental, safety, and health risks
4th ed. [Piscataway, NJ] : IEEE Press ; Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2009.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Scientific Papers and Presentations
[Rev. ed.] [S.l.] : Academic Press, 2013.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Scientific writing 2.0 : a reader and writer's guide
Expanded ed. Singapore ; Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific, c2011.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » T11 .L456 2011
The technical writer's companion
3rd ed. Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2002.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » T11 .A376 2002
Writing and presenting in English
1st ed. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, 2006.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Writing and speaking in the technology professions : a practical guide
2nd ed. New York : IEEE Press, c2003.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T11 .W75 2003
Writing for science
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » T11 .G626 2006
Writing for science and engineering
2nd ed. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, c2013.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Writing science : how to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded
Oxford [U.K.] ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » T11 .S345 2012

* Biology

Making sense : a student's guide to research and writing : life sciences
Don Mills, Ont. ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Biology Library (Falconer) » Stacks » QH304 .N67 2011
Planning, proposing, and presenting science effectively : a guide for graduate students and researchers in the behavioral sciences and biolog
2nd ed. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Biology Library (Falconer) » Stacks » QH315 .H25 2006
Quantities, symbols, units, and abbreviations in the life sciences : a guide for authors and editors
Totowa, N.J. : Humana Press, c1999.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Reference (non-circulating) » QH304.5 .Q36 1999
short guide to writing about biology
8th ed. Boston : Pearson, c2013.
Biology Library (Falconer) » Stacks » QH304 .P43 2013
Successful scientific writing : a step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences
3rd ed. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Biology Library (Falconer) » Stacks » R119 .M28 2008

Biology > authorship

  1. Jan A. Pechenik. 2013

  2. Karin Knisely, Bucknell University. 2013

  3. Angelika H. Hofmann, Ph.D., Yale University. 2013

  4. Victoria E. McMillan. 2012

  5. by George Levine. 2011

* Chemistry

3rd ed. / Washington, DC : American Chemical Society ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Request at circulation desk » QD8.5 .A25 2006
"An essential constant in this changing environment is the requirement that information remain accurate, clear, unambiguous, and ethically sound. The ACS Style Guide is the definitive source for all information needed to write, review, submit, and edit scholarly and scientific manuscripts. It is also an excellent resource for learning how to effectively communicate scientific information." (publisher's description)
Art of Scientific Writing
2nd, comp. rev. ed. Weinheim ; Cambridge : Wiley-VCH, 2004.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » QD9.15 .E23 2004
3rd ed. Cambridge, UK : RSC Pub., c2007.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Reference (non-circulating) » QD451.5 .Q36 2007
A short guide to writing about chemistry
Boston : Longman, c2010.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » QD9.15 .D38 2010
Write like a chemist : a guide and resource
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » QD9.15 .W75 2008
Writing across the chemistry curriculum : an instructor's handbook
Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, c2001.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » QD9.15 .K68 2001

* Engineering

essence of technical communication for engineers : writing, presentation, and meeting skills
New York : IEEE Press, c2000.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » T10.5 .H57 2000
A guide to writing as an engineer
2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, c2005.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T11 .B396 2005
Guidelines for writing effective operating and maintenance procedures.
New York : Center for Chemical Process Safety, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1996.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » TP149 .G845 1996
International technical communication : how to export information about high technology
New York : Wiley, c1995.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Stacks » QA76.9 .D6 H63 1995
Professional communication in engineering
Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T10.5 .S26 2006
Reporting results : a practical guide for engineers and scientists
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T11 .V358 2008
Technical writing A-Z : a commonsense guide to engineering reports and theses
British English ed. New York, N.Y. : ASME Press, c2005.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T11 .Y69 2005B
Technical writing for teams : the STREAM tools handbook
Piscataway, NJ : IEEE Press ; Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2010.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)

* Geology

art and the science of writing geoscience reports
Victoria, B.C. : Brian Grant, 1999.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner) » Stacks » QE48.85 .G73 1999
Communicating rocks : writing, speaking, and thinking about geology
Boston : Pearson, c2012.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner) » Reference (non-circulating) » QE48.85 .C67 2012
Geowriting : a guide to writing, editing, and printing in earth science
5th ed. Alexandria, Va. : American Geological Institute, c1995.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner) » Stacks » QE48.85 .G46 1995
Making sense : a student's guide to research and writing : geography & environmental sciences
2nd ed. Don Mills, Ont. ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Green Library » InfoCenter (non-circulating) » G70 .N67 2001

* Math & Stats

Chicago guide to writing about multivariate analysis
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Math & Statistics Library » Stacks » T11 .M484 2005
Handbook of typography for the mathematical sciences
Boca Raton : Chapman & Hall/CRC, c2001.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Handbook of writing for the mathematical sciences
2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa. : Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM, 3600 Market Street, Floor 6, Philadelphia, PA 19104), 1998.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Mathematical publishing : a guidebook
Providence, RI : American Mathematical Society, c2005.
Math & Statistics Library » Stacks » QA42 .K727 2005
The TeXbook
Reading, MA : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., c1984.
Math & Statistics Library » Stacks » Z253.4 .T47 K58 1984

* Physics

AIP style manual
4th ed. New York, N.Y. : American Institute of Physics, 1990.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » QC5.45 .A45 1990
For guidance in writing, editing, and preparing physics manuscripts for publication. Prepared under the direction of the American Institute of Physics Publication Board. Images are available free-of-charge for downloading from this site in Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF).

Dissertations & theses

Dissertations & theses

Crafting your research future
San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool, c2012.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
The dissertation desk reference : the doctoral student's manual to writing the dissertation
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Education, c2009.
Biology Library (Falconer) » Reference (non-circulating) » LB2369 .C273 2009
How to prepare a scientific doctoral dissertation based on research articles
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » LB2369 .G87 2012
How to write a successful science thesis : the concise guide for students
Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, 2006.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » LB2369 .R87 2006
How to write a thesis
3rd ed. Maidenhead, England : McGraw Hill, 2011.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Technical writing A-Z : a commonsense guide to engineering reports and theses
British English ed. New York, N.Y. : ASME Press, c2005.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T11 .Y69 2005B

Dissertations, Academic > Handbooks, manuals

Grant proposals

Writing research and grant proposals

Los Angeles : Sage, 2012.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » PE1404 .D46 2012
1st ed. San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2003.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q180.55 .G7 B53 2003
2nd ed. New York ; London : Springer, 2012.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, c2012.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q180.55 .P7 O78 2012
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, c2013.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q180 .U5 L486 2013
Planning, proposing, and presenting science effectively : a guide for graduate students and researchers in the behavioral sciences and biolog
2nd ed. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Biology Library (Falconer) » Stacks » QH315 .H25 2006
5th ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2007.
Education Library (Cubberley) » Reference (non-circulating) » Q180.55 .P7 L63 2007
2nd ed. Dordrecht ; New York : Springer Science+Business Media B.V., c2012.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Stacks » Q180.55 .G7 C44 2004
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q223 .H63 2010
3rd ed. New York, NY : Alpha, c2011.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Writing science : how to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded
Oxford [U.K.] ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » T11 .S345 2012
2nd ed. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2009.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q180.55 .P7 F75 2009

Proposal writing for grants from SearchWorks

Below are titles at Stanford with the subject heading "Proposal writing for grants."

  1. Timothy Kachinske, Judith Kachinske. 2010

  2. Timothy Kachinske, Judith Kachinske. 2010

  3. edited by Willo Pequegnat and Ellen Stover. 1995

  4. Michael Hopkins. 1990

  5. National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs. 1990s

  6. Otto O. Yang. 2012

Science books

Science books

Reading and writing the electronic book
San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, c2010.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Science--dramatic : science plays in America and Great Britain, 1990-2007
Heidelberg : Winter, c2009.
Green Library » Stacks » E169.1 .J332 V.180
Science Writers' Handbook
First Da Capo Press edition. Boston, MA : Da Capo Lifelong Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2013.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » T11 .S354 2013

How to write science books

 "In this 2010 Web Focus from Nature magazine, five top science book writers offer advice for budding authors in a series of interviews in Nature's Books & Arts section.

* Peter Atkins reveals the hard work behind a successful textbook;

* Carl Zimmer highlights how passion is essential for popular science;

* David Brin reveals how criticism improves his fiction writing;

* Georgina Ferry shares research tips for biographies; and

* Joanna Cole explains how to convey science to children."

Web & apps

Web & apps

Community-built databases
Berlin ; Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, c2011.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Folksonomies. Indexing and Retrieval in Web 2.0
Berlin : De Gruyter/Saur, c2009.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Forms that work
Amsterdam ; Boston : Morgan Kaufmann, 2009.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Letting Go of the Words
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, c2007.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
MediaWiki
1st ed. Sebastopol, [Calif.] : O'Reilly, c2009.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Wikipedia : the missing manual
1st ed. Beijing ; Sebastopol, CA : O'Reilly, c2008.
Green Library » HAS-DIGIT (Lane Room) (non-circulating) » TK5105.88823 .W54 B76 2008
Writing for interaction: crafting the information experience for web and software apps
Waltham, MA : Morgan Kaufmann, 2013.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
XML in technical communication
Croydon [England] : Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators, 2008.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » QA76.76 .H94 C68 2008