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ERIC Number: EJ826712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using the ACS Journals Search to Validate Assumptions about Writing in Chemistry and Improve Chemistry Writing Instruction
Robinson, Marin S.; Stoller, Fredricka L.; Jones, James K.
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n5 p650-654 May 2008
This article illustrates how faculty and students can use the ACS Journals Search to examine assumptions about writing in chemistry. We examined common writing practices in chemistry including (i) the use of nominalizations, active and passive voice, and personal pronouns, (ii) words to avoid (e.g., researcher, very), (iii) words to use (e.g., hedging words, linking words), (iv) confusing word pairs (e.g., affect-effect, since-because), and (v) confusing plurals (e.g., data). To facilitate our analysis, we first used our own chemistry-writing database (comprising 200 chemistry journal articles) and then used the ACS Journals Search. The results are presented as activities that can be easily incorporated into a wide variety of chemistry courses. The goals of the proposed activities are to improve students' awareness of common writing practices in chemistry and to teach students to use the ACS Journals Search for their own continued writing development. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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