References for Scientific Communication, Internet Resources, Plagiarism, and Literary Style

NOTE: This reference list (along with Library call numbers) is also at:


Alley, M. (1996) The Craft of Scientific Writing (3rd ed.). Springer-Verlag (New York, NY).

Anholt, R. H. (1994) Dazzle 'em with style: The art of oral scientific presentation. W.H. Freeman, 211 p.

Bates, J.D. (1980) Writing with Precision: How to Write so that you cannot possibly be misunderstood: Acropolis Books (Washington, DC) 226 p.

Bates, R. L., Adkins-Heljeson, M. D., Buchanan, R. C., eds. (1995) Geowriting: A Guide to Writing, Editing, and Printing in the Earth Science (5th ed.). American Geological Institute (Alexandria, VA) 80 p.

Bolsky, M.I. (1988) Better Scientific and Technical Writing: Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) 195 p.

Booth, V. (1993) Communicating in science: Writing a scientific paper and speaking at scientific meetings (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press, 78 p.

Cleveland, W.S. (1985) The elements of graphing data. Wadsworth.

Day R.A. (1988) How to Write & Publish a Scientific Paper (3rd ed.): Oryx Press, Phoenix, 211 p.

Dodd J.S., ed. (1986) The ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors: Amer. Chem. Soc., Washington D.C., 264 p.

Evaluating Web Information <>

This Web site from Virginia Tech U. Library discusses how to critically evaluate Internet information.

Evaluating Web Pages <>

This Web site from U. Calif. Berkeley Library reviews how to critically evaluate information found on the Internet.

Follett, W. (1974) Modern American Usage: Warner Paperback Library (New York, NY) 528 p.

Geology Library Resources - Special Web site created by Lura Joseph (Dept. of Geology Librarian) and designed to help GEOL 333 students find many kinds of library resources at:

Hacker, D. (1997) A Pocket Style Manual (2nd ed.): Bedford Books (Boston, MA) 189 p.

Hacker, D. (1996) Rules for Writers (3rd ed.): Bedford Books (Boston, MA) 499 p.

Hansen, W.R., ed., 1991, Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey, 7th ed.: U.S. Geological Survey. <>

Kenny, P. (1982) A handbook of public speaking for scientists and engineers. Adam Hilger, Ltd.

King, L.S. (1978) Why not say it clearly: A Guide to Scientific Writing: Little, Brown (Boston, MA) 186 p.

Peterson, M.S. (1961) Scientific Thinking and Scientific Writing: Reinhold, 215 p.

Picket, S.T.A., Hall, B.E., and Pace, M.L. (1991) Strategy and checklist for effective scientific talks. Bull. Ecol. Soc. Am. 72 (1), 8-12.

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It <>

This Web site from Indiana Univ. reviews plagiarism, including specific examples, and how to avoid it.

Strunk, W. (1999) The Elements of Style: Press of W.P. Humphrey (Ithaca, NY) 43 p.

Style Sheets for Citing Resources (Print & Electronic <>

This Web site from U. Calif. Berkeley Library reviews why and how to cite Internet information.

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students <>

This Web site from Penn State Univ. accompanies the Alley (1996) textbook, referenced above. There is a lot of nicely presented information here including a writing workbook (with sample formats and documents) and interactive writing exercises to help students with issues of grammar, punctuation, usage, and style.