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First identify your jargon, then avoid it

Jargon has a use. We do certain things over and over in our lab that need shorthand names. The trick is to remember that these words mean something only inside the lab group. I’m sure you have some family words … Continue reading

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Build your argument slowly

Perhaps the biggest beginner’s mistake in writing is to assume your audience knows a lot. You may feel like the least experienced person in your lab group, so anything you know, everyone knows.  If you just mention an idea, others … Continue reading

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Easy tips for effective writing

Why is it so hard to write clearly? Is it because we don’t know what to say? Is it because we jettison all common sense when we write and try to adhere to some fancy form we imagine is sophisticated? … Continue reading

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