Writing for Engineering and Science Students is a clear and practical guide for anyone undertaking either academic or technical writing. Drawing on the author’s extensive experience of teaching students from different fields and cultures, and designed to be accessible to both international students and native speakers of English, this book:

  • Employs analyses of hundreds of articles from engineering and science journals to explore all the distinctive characteristics of a research paper, including organization, length and naming of sections, and location and purpose of citations and graphics;
  • Guides the student through university-level writing and beyond, covering lab reports, research proposals, dissertations, poster presentations, industry reports, emails, and job applications;
  • Explains what to consider before and after undertaking academic or technical writing, including focusing on differences between genres in goal, audience, and criteria for acceptance and rewriting;
  • Features tasks, hints, and tips for teachers and students at the end of each chapter, as well as accompanying eResources offering additional exercises and answer keys.

With metaphors and anecdotes from the author’s personal experience, as well as quotes from famous writers to make the text engaging and accessible, this book is essential reading for all students of science and engineering who are taking a course in writing or seeking a resource to aid their writing assignments.

part 1|38 pages

Getting the big picture

chapter 1|9 pages

General principles of writing

chapter 2|17 pages

Overall format of research articles

chapter 3|10 pages

Argument structure of research articles

part 2|76 pages

Argument structure in exemplar articles

chapter 7|12 pages

Evidence from past research

chapter 8|10 pages

Evidence from current research

chapter 9|10 pages

Clear reasoning

part 3|62 pages

Exploring different genres

chapter 11|5 pages

Undergraduate writing

chapter 12|8 pages

Graduate writing

chapter 13|6 pages

Academic writing

chapter 14|6 pages

Technical writing

chapter 15|5 pages

Writing about yourself and others

chapter 16|11 pages

Academic and technical presentations

chapter 17|14 pages

Principles for successful email

part 4|71 pages

Creating your masterpiece

chapter 18|10 pages

Writing in stages

chapter 19|7 pages


chapter 20|4 pages


chapter 21|6 pages

Rewriting for organization

chapter 22|24 pages

Rewriting for clarification

chapter 23|18 pages

Revision and finalization

part 5|36 pages

Adding the final touches

chapter 24|11 pages

Illustrating your manuscript

chapter 25|4 pages

References and citations

chapter 26|8 pages

The first shall be last

chapter 27|11 pages

Submission and review