LabWrite Project 2000

Learning Objective #2:
to help you understand the way scientific inquiry is reflected in scientific writing


  • Now that you have a better idea of what scientific inquiry is, the next task is to see the link between scientific inquiry and scientific writing, specifically the scientific journal article. Scientific inquiry is grounded in the process of the SCIENTIFIC METHOD and is best represented by the standard article published in scientific journals.

BRAINSTORM: Whether or not you have read a scientific journal article before, you have some idea of what it looks like. How do you think the scientific article is structured? Make a list of the parts of a scientific article.

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PRACTICE: Choose a journal article from the list below. Once you have the article in front of you, do not be overwhelmed by its content. Just focus on the different parts of the paper. Go through the paper and list each part and what you think the role of each part is. To make this step easier, you may want to print a copy of the paper.

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REFLECT: Go back to the article, and try to see what elements of scientific inquiry are represented in each part. Write down your ideas.

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  • SOMETHING TO REMEMBER: scientific writing is constructed in a format that reflects scientific inquiry, the way scientists go about asking questions about the world and seeking answers to those questions. There is a direct relationship between scientific writing and scientific inquiry.

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Michael Carter Ph.D., Science Communication; Dept. of English
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