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Writing science in plain English

Author: Anne E Greene
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Series: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bad writing is bad for science. The problem is so significant that clear writing has become a legal requirement for federal agencies, thanks to the Plain Writing Act of 2010, which requires that  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Greene, Anne E.
Writing science in plain English.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013
xii, 124 pages ; 22 cm
(DLC) 10991108
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anne E Greene
ISBN: 9780226026404 022602640X
OCLC Number: 899008606
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (137 pages).
Contents: Why write science in plain English? --
Before you write --
Audience --
Register --
Tone --
Tell a story --
Make characters subjects and their actions verbs --
Use strong verbs --
Place subjects and verbs close together --
Favor the active voice --
Benefits of active voice --
Proper uses of passive voice --
Choose your words with care --
Use short words instead of long ones --
Keep terms the same --
Break up noun strings --
Rethink technical terms --
Omit needless words --
Redundancy --
Metadiscourse and transition words --
Affirmatives and negatives --
Old information and new information --
Put old information at beginnings of sentences --
Put new information at ends of sentences --
Make lists parallel --
Vary the length of your sentences --
Design your paragraphs --
Issue --
Development --
Conclusion --
Point --
Arrange your paragraphs --
Chronological order --
General to specific --
Least important to most important --
Problem to solution --
Compare and contrast --
Transition words revisited --
Appendix 1: basic writing concepts --
Appendix 2: exercise key.
Series Title: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing.
Responsibility: Anne E. Greene.

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