Resources at K-State
K-State Libraries and The Writing Center exist to support your research and writing. The resources on this page are collected by science librarians to help you escape or avoid writer's block and to inspire thoughtful, healthy writing practices. We highly recommend meeting with Writing Center consultants early and often.
The Writing Center
The Writing Center provides feedback at any stage of the writing process to enable students to gain awareness of writing strategies; improve writing assignments or non-academic writing; and increase their sense of competence, confidence, and ownership in writing.
Library Peer Research Consultations
Peer Research Consultants are students who help other students find academic sources, develop search strategies, investigate potential topics, brainstorm information needs, and how to use resources and format citations.
Writing well: lowering the barriers to success
It is not enough to be a good scientist. One needs to be a good communicator. When publications are clear and a pleasure to read, they will advance both the field and the authors' reputation. This article is from the journal Nature Immunology.
Scientific Papers and Presentations by
Publication Date: 2012-07-30
This is an essential and practical guide to professional communication, provides a wealth of information and detail. Topics include designing visual aids, writing first drafts, reviewing and revising, communicating clearly and concisely, adhering to stylistic principles, presenting data in tables and figures, dealing with ethical and legal issues, and relating science to the lay audience.
Publication Date: 2007-12-26
Writing is not a focus in most STEM courses so you may not see yourself as a writer. Familiarity with psychologist Carol S. Dweck's work will help you identify as a writer. In this book, Dweck, shows how success in almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset--those who believe that abilities are fixed--are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset--those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can use this idea to foster outstanding accomplishment.
Bird by Bird by
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Lighter reading for overcoming writer's block (only available through Interlibrary Loan). From the publisher's review: "Advice on [fiction] writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: 'Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, "Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'""
How to Write a Lot by
Publication Date: 2007-01-15
All students and professors need to write, and many struggle to finish their stalled dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule. In this practical, light-hearted, and encouraging book, Paul Silvia explains that writing productively does not require innate skills or special traits but specific tactics and actions. Drawing examples from his own field of psychology, he shows readers how to overcome motivational roadblocks and become prolific without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. After describing strategies for writing productively, the author gives detailed advice from the trenches on how to write, submit, revise, and resubmit articles, how to improve writing quality, and how to write and publish academic work.