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Science Communication in Earth and Mineral Sciences

Guide to help identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information to communicate science

Welcome & how to use this guide

Writing well is in your best interest. It will give you options, including:

  • getting better grades,
  • publishing more articles,
  • participating on more research teams,
  • receiving employment offers with higher salaries,
  • gaining support from funding agencies for your initiatives, and 
  • being accepted into more graduate programs.

Beyond improving your life by giving you more options, writing helps us think. Writing is not something we do after our thinking is complete. The very act of writing generates new insights. We improve our comprehension of material through the process of writing it down and sorting it out. 

This guide will give you the sources you need to improve your ability to communicate science and develop your own research activities.


We want to hear from you. This guide is a collaborative effort. Your EMS Giles Writer-In-Residence (Kimberly Del Bright, kdb9@psu.edu) and your librarians (Linda Musser, lrm4@psu.edu & Elise Gowan, edg16@psu.edu) have worked with EMS faculty and graduate students to compile references for you. If you don't find what you're looking for, let us know. 


      When writing about science, don't simplify the science, simplify the writing.