COMM 410 Communicating Science
A Most Amazing Course Facilitated by Dr. K. A. DeHaan
and assisted amiably by that "Librarian Guy"
Jared A. Seay
This guide will give you guidance (because that is what guides do) on locating information about your science topic from primary sources in scientific journals to the pronouncements of science news bulletins, blogs and popular press articles.
You are a science writer. No use in trying to avoid it. That is what you are right now. If you want to be good at it (because who wants to be an abject failure?), you need to develop a particular set of skills. Since you are already a decent writer (you are right?), there are two things you need to know to be the best science writer possible. You need to know the science of your topic, or more precisely how to find information on your science topic and be able sort through the scientific data and the hype and the conceptions and the misconceptions.
Then you need to use your honed skills as a writer to turn that complicated scientific data, gobbledygook, and intermingled popular press and social media noise into a coherent article, blog, news blast or video script that folks (who do not have a PhD in that topic) can understand.
Oh, and you have to explain why people are interested in it or are all excited about it – or WHY they should be excited about it.
Ok, that was more than two things. So, you have to do a lot of things. For starters let’s just concentrate on how to find various kinds of information (scientific and otherwise) about your science topic. This guide will help you get started with that. Good thing you found this guide.