Dr. Koster's List of Scientific and Technical Writing Links

dilbert tech writing.gif (17489 bytes)

This page lists links to a number of on-line resources for technical and scientific writing. They're very scattershot, just things I've found over the years and compiled together, so use them with caution and critical discretion. I haven't examined all of them for the 2009 semester, so please ask me if you have questions about any of the advice they provide. Like all URLs, they tend to change frequently. Please let me know if a link is broken by clicking here.

[General Resources]  [Curriculum Vitae]  [Presentations & Posters]
[Grant Writing]  [Groups]  [Penrose & Katz Resources]

General Resources

Svetla Baykoucheva's list of Internet Resources for Scientific Writing
George Gopen and Anna Swan's article, "The Science of Science Writing" : http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/feature/the-science-of-scientific-writing/1
Chemistry.org's list of scientific writing resources on the web (very comprehensive)
USDA's list of scientific writing resources: http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/docs.htm?docid=12783
Austin Community College's Online Technical Writing Textbook--good in a pinch
University of Alberta's Technical Writing Links
Web Sites of Interest to Technical Communicators compiled by the North Bay Chapter of STC--everything from grammar to clip art for sci/tech writers to classified ads
MIT's technical writing links list
University of Wisconsin (Madison)'s Comprehensive Guide to CBE Documentation
Monroe Community College's excellent overview of CBE style, including documenting Internet sources
The University of the Sciences' (Philadelphia) Guide to Biomedical Writing
The Society for Technical Communication's List of Online Resources
U of Colorado Library's list of online resouces for science and technical writers (mostly to databases of info): http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/govpubs/handouts/ENVS3020.html
About.com and the Mining Company's Guide to Technical Writing
Writerswrite.com's Technical Writing Page
Ohio State's Technical and Professional Writing Links
Mike Markel's Technical Writing Book Support Site
Websites of Interest for Technical Communicators: well-annotated and frequently updated by a California STC chapter
Inkspot.com's Links on Technical Writing
University of Alberta's Links for Technical Writing
A great article on How to Read Scientific Papers Critically: http://www.oandp.org/jpo/library/1996_01_024.asp ; another similar guide from a U of Arizona class-- http://www.biochem.arizona.edu/classes/bioc568/papers.htm
RPI's handy list of resources for science/technical writers: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/techcomm/research.htm
Johns Hopkins University Welch Medical Library Scientific Writing Links
The University of Toronto Resource Page for Technical Writing

Curriculum Vitae Writing

ACS's tips for writing a CV: http://portal.acs.org/portal/fileFetch/C/CTP_005346/pdf/CTP_005346.pdf
ACS's tips for writing a teaching philosophy: http://portal.acs.org/portal/fileFetch/C/CTP_005351/pdf/CTP_005351.pdf
Dartmouth's guide to writing CV's: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~gradstdy/careers/services/vita.html
Purdue OWL's guide to writing CV's: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/641/01/
About.com's CV portal: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/curriculumvitae/Curriculum_Vitae.htm
Pagewise's How to Write a Curriculum Vitae (good advice, but the example didn't transfer well to HTML from Word, so don't use that spacing!)
A physician's personal tip sheet for CV's for medical school and residency applications

Resources for Giving Presentations

University of British Columbia's guidelines for a scientific presentation
: http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~harrison/PowerPoint/Scientific-Presentation-Planning.pdf
Guidelines for students giving presentations

Bob Anholt's "Dazzle Them With Style" guide: http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~wilkins/writing/Supp/dazzle.html
U of Buffalo Library's guide to Poster Presentations: http://library.buffalo.edu/libraries/asl/guides/bio/posters.html
UNC-CH Health Science Library's tutorial on designing effective posters: http://www.hsl.unc.edu/services/tutorials/poster_design/Elements_pages/elements_content.htm
U of Washington's "Designing Effective Posters" with plenty of graphics for the layout-challenged: http://faculty.washington.edu/scporter/INQUAposters.html
Carleton College: "Graphically Presenting Quantitative Information" guide to poster design: http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/carl_ltc/quantitative_writing/examples/13614.html

Oral Presentation Advice
Dictionary of Useful Research Phrases (a humor classic)

How to Do Research and Give Presentations (This is oriented to the sciences)

Resources for Grantwriters

Rochester Institute of Technology, "Writing A Successful Proposal," http://www.rit.edu/research/srs/proposalprep/write_proposal.html   
Wendy Sanders, "Proposal Writing: The Business of Science" (discusses new NIH funding guidelines and tailoring grant proposals to meet them): http://www.whitaker.org/sanders.html  
Set of powerpoints on the grant review process in psychology (Feb. 2005):  
Indiana University Graduate Grants Center list of tips and tutorials for student grantwriters: http://www.indiana.edu/~gradgrnt/pubs/pubs.html  
Chapter 1 of Friedland & Foldís Writing Successful Science Proposals (Yale, 2000): http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/pdf/0300081405.pdf
Non-Profit Guidesí Grant-Writing Proposals for Non-Profits: http://www.npguides.org/
The Foundation Centerís "Proposal Writing Short Course": http://fdncenter.org/learn/shortcourse/prop1.html
The Foundation Centerís "Finding Funders": http://fdncenter.org/funders/
NIHís Grant Writing Tip Sheets: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/grant_tips.htm
Ellen Barrett (U of Miami School of Medicine)ís "Hints for Writing Successful NIH Grants": PDF file
Beginning Grant Writing: An Educatorís Guide (portal with lots of links, but ignore the terrible background): http://www.uml.edu/College/Education/Faculty/lebaron/GRANTBEGIN/
S. Joseph Levine (Michigan State University)ís "Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal" (with lots of examples): http://www.learnerassociates.net/proposal/
GrantProposal.com, "a site devoted to providing free resources for both advanced grantwriting consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff":  http://www.grantproposal.com/

Professional Communication Groups:
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
IEEE and
Engineering from IEEE Spectrum

Society for Technical Communication

Resources Suggested by Penrose and Katz (n.b. didn't check these 1/10/2009)


Last updated 09/27/09. You are visitor number Hit Counter to this page since May 1999.
Page maintained by Jo Koster, Winthrop University. I haven't checked all these links in some time, so please let me know if you get an error message if you try any of them.