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Biology: Writing in the Sciences


The Sciences value:

  • Current references and sources; the more current the better.
  • Processes and measurements that can be reproduced. Precise methods of measurement and hard empirical evidence.  Practitioners and theorists want to achieve similar results, so share your methodology clearly.
  • Proof of conclusions. It is important to show how you arrived at your thinking by examining your thinking clearly in your writing.

Writing Guides

The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication

Table of Contents:

  • Part 1: Scientific communication
  • Part 2: Scientific journals
  • Part 3: Data in the Google era
  • Part 4: Scientific style conventions
  • Part 5: Editorial style conventions.

Research sources

Most of the sciences are also reasonably well covered in the databases below. For more specific science databases, please check the subject specific library guides listed below.

Links to research guides

Below are selected links to research guides in the physical, life and earth sciences created by librarians at Walker Library, either for a specific discipline or program or for a specific assignment.  They will give you a little deeper understanding of what instructors might require. 

Consult the library guides website for additional science related guides.

Library Catalog

Search beyond MTSU: WorldCat

Books for Writing in the Sciences

Use the search box above to locate more books.

Professional Resources