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Physics: Physics Writing

Writing Center - Get Help

Have a Writing Center Tutor help with syntax, grammar, sentence clarifications for research papers, posters, or presentation. 

Locations

  • BUS 202 
  • Online Tutoring
  • Muntz Library. 2nd Floor Living Room. Fall & Spring Semesters. Starting on Week 2 or 3 of the semester. Tuesday - Thursday, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

               

Technical Writing Books

These books will assist in writing a report, journal article, presentation or poster.

Print Books - Borrow these books. They are located on the 3rd floor of Muntz Library. Distance students can request them through interlibrary loan.

The next three books on this list are available online.

Evaluate Your Resources

Deciding on the topic is the first step of the research process.The first article examines the process of the decision and also provides a simple template for a research paper.

The second step of research is determining whether an article, book chapter, technical bulletin, or website meets the criteria of a valid resource. 

The next few articles show how to examine different resources.

How-To Write Your Paper or Lab Report or Design Your Poster

These articles provide valuable suggestions for different types of technical writing that  may be required in different courses or conferences.

 

Utilize an approved template for posters.

Print posters at the Copy Center in LIB102. The link provides a price for this service.

Citations

A citation is the method that is used within a document, to give credit to the original author(s) and are done within the document. A reference list is usually found at the end of the document. This list (bibliography) contains details like: name of author and work, date published, page number, and if applicable, volume and issue number, place of publication, DOI (digital object identifier), and website link.

The professor will tell students which format or style manual to use when for the research paper, presentation, or poster. This website provides examples in APA and MLA styles by providing examples on creating reference lists, how to format a table or figure, how a specific document is to be formatted, and other document creation topics.

Other commonly used ones are seen listed here. If another type of citation style not found on this list, contact the STEM librarian.

Copyright & Fair Use

Any image or idea from any website, article, book, or document  can be used in the research paper or presentation. However, remember to acknowledge the source of this information.

The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has examples of how to incorporate other authors' ideas in  a research paper and how to avoid plagiarism.

Citation Managers

Citation Managers are online tools that gather all research resources in one place. Articles or links to articles can be stored and referenced at a later time. A bibliography list can be created by selecting certain articles; different citation styles can be chosen and then the list can be exported to a Word document. Team members can be allowed access to certain folders or articles, in order to collaborate on a paper, presentation, or poster. Personal notes can be added to each item, so that the user can quickly remember the main point of the item.