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Writing in Chemistry - Oakland Campus: Writing & Citing

Consider Your Audience

Consider your audience and the purpose of your writing.

  • Are you writing to explain? convince? review or critique?
  • Is your audience experts, students, the general public?
  • Are you writing formally or informally?

Write with your audience in mind.

  • Make it easy for your readers to get your message.
  • Organize your document logically.
  • Write clearly.
  • Write concisely.
  • Include the appropriate level of detail.
  • Read your document from the point of view of your readers, and revise appropriately.

The books listed on this page contain more detail on how to approach your writing project.

Putting it all together

Organizing your research and putting your ideas down on paper can be difficult.  You can get writing help at the Writing Center.

Tutorial - Avoiding Plagiarism

In order to view and use this tutorial, users should download Adobe Shockwave Player 7 or later. The tutorial is best viewed when using speakers or headphones.

Citing Sources Using a Citation Manager

Keep track of all of your reference lists and bibliographies. Pitt's library resources work with citation management tools and allow you to import citations from sources like PITTCat+ and article databases.