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Dictionaries & Thesauri

This is a selected list of the Library's dictionaries and thesauri. To see more, please search the Levy Library Catalog.

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New Oxford American Dictionary - Oxford Dictionary (Editor)
ISBN: 9780195392883
Publication Date: 2010-09-02
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Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors - Elizabeth A. Martin
ISBN: 9780199545155
Publication Date: 2009-06-22
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Pocket Oxford American Thesaurus - Christine A. Lindberg (Editor)
ISBN: 9780195301694
Publication Date: 2008-06-06
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Stedman's Medical Dictionary - Stedman's Medical Dictionary Staff (Created by); Thomas Lathrop Stedman
Call Number: W 13 S81 2006 Reference
ISBN: 9780781733908
Publication Date: 2005-12-06
Available online and in print


Citing References

Academic and scientific publishing demands writers credit ideas or research to their original source.  It is imperative to:

  • protect yourself and your reputation/career from accusations of plagiarism
  • behave ethically with regard to the intellectual property of others
  • enhance the credibility of your work by proving you used credible sources
  • be clear about which ideas are your own
  • save time if you need to refer back to a source

Credited citations within manuscripts link specific passages to sources consulted or quoted.  This is done through in-text parenthetic notes, footnotes or endnotes with an accompanying bibliography or list of works cited at the end of the paper.  Citation formats are determined by the citation style.  Some common citation styles are:

  • AMA Manual of Style
  • APA Style
  • Chicago Manual of Style

As the number and complexity of references in a manuscript grows, the need for reference management software becomes critical. These systems enable researchers to store references collected while searching literature and to automatically format citations using thousands of citation styles.  


Books about Scientific Writing

This is a selected list of the Library's titles on scientific writing. To see more, please search the Levy Library Catalog.

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English for Biomedical Scientists - Ramón Ribes; Palma Iannarelli; Rafael F. Duarte
ISBN: 9783540771272
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
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How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences - Thomas A. Lang; Thomas Lang; Lang, Thomas
Call Number: WZ 345 L271 2010
ISBN: 9781934465141
Publication Date: 2010
Available online and in print

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Mastering Scientific and Medical Writing - Silvia M. Rogers
ISBN: 9783540345084
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
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Publishing and Presenting Clinical Research - Warren S. Browner
Call Number: WZ 345 B884 2006 Reference
ISBN: 0781795060
Publication Date: 2006-05-24
Available online and in print

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Successful Scientific Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Biological and Medical Sciences - Janice R. Matthews; John M. Bowen; Robert W. Matthews
Call Number: WZ 345 M439 2000
ISBN: 0521789621
Publication Date: 2000-10-26
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Writing a Biomedical Research Paper - Brian Budgell
ISBN: 9784431880370
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
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Writing in the Life Sciences - Laurence S. Greene
Call Number: WZ 345 G811 2010
ISBN: 9780195170467
Publication Date: 2010-01-13
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