Technical Editing for Scientists
by a scientist (Bruce Jaffee,
former instructor for Revising
Scientific Prose at UC Davis)
former instructor for Revising Scientific Prose at UC Davis)
Contact me (Bruce
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On-line advice about technical writing
I developed an on-line Revision Guide to help students in my courses at the University of California at Davis. You also might find the Revision Guide useful. In addition to advice about writing style, the Guide also contains fundamental information about sentence structure and parts of speech. I added this information because as I tried to teach students about selecting verbs (active vs. passive voice), avoiding prepositional phrase strings, and handling dependent clauses and phrases, I soon learned that many students could not identify subjects, verbs, clauses, prepositional phrases, etc. (consider: you cannot eliminate prepositional phrase strings if you cannot recognize a preposition). If you have forgotten your 7th grade grammar, see Identifying Sentence Components. The other links below should help you explore the Guide. Please tell me if you find any errors.
Bureaucratic writing (the kind to avoid, unless you are trying to please a bureaucrat)
How to revise sentences
How to revise paragraphs