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Online Communication Resources for Students and Faculty

The CAPC has compiled this list of online resources to assist students and faculty as they prepare to communicate in a wide variety of genres.

Academic Writing

General Guidance

Understanding Formal Analysis--Getty Museum
Visualization: What's It Good For?
Reverse outlining --Duke University
Managing Writing Anxiety
Managing Your Writing Time
Revising Papers
Conducting academic searches
Developing a thesis
General writing resources
Fundamentals of Academic Communication

Guidance for Graduate Students

Writing Group Starter Kit--UNC Chapel Hill
Shut Up and Write
Dealing with the Curse of the Blank Page
Lessons on the Craft of Scholarly Reading
Demystifying the Journal Article
The Not So Secret Guide to Dissertating

Digital Writing and Productivity Tools

XMind (mind mapping tool)
StayFocusd (Distraction-free, Google extension)
Pomodoro Technique


Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks by Wendy Laura BelcherWriting for conferences: A Handbook for Graduate Students and Faculty by Leo Mallette and Clare BergerWrite No Matter What: Advice for Academics by Joli JensenStylish Academic Writing by Helen SwordStyle: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (12th ed.) by Joseph Williams and Joseph BizupThe Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. SeeberAir and Light and Time and Space: How Successful Academics Write by Helen Sword

Digital Accessibility

Accessible Word and PDF Documents

Communicating Science beyond the Academy


American Medical Writers Association
How to Give a Killer Presentation (Harvard Business Review)
Communicating to Engage--Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology
Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon)
The National Alliance for Broader Impacts
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science


Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide To Making Your Science Matter by Nancy BaronAm I Making Myself Clear? A Scientist's Guide to Talking to the Public by Cornelia DeanExplaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences and Advance Your Work by Dennis MeredithScientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations by Angelika Hoffman

Media Projects

Third Pod from the Sun
Sci on the Fly
Science with the Amoeba Sisters
The Science Cartoons Program (SciToons)
Science Friday

Fellowships, Grants, and Proposals

General Guidance

Rigour and Reproducibility Concerns in Your Grant Proposal - Nature
"Writing a First Grant Proposal"--Nature Immunology
"On the Art of Writing Proposals"--Social Science Research Council
Ten tips for applying to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
How to Fail in Grant Writing
Grant writing tips for graduate students
How to ask for a letter of recommendation
Information on applying for fellowships--Rice Center for Civic Leadership


Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Published and Proposals That Get Funded by Joshua SchimelWriting in the Sciences: Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse by Ann M. Penrose and Steven B. KatzSuccessful Grant Proposals in Science, Technology, and Medicine: A guide To Writing the Narrative by Sandra Oster and Paul CordoProposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals 6th edition. by Lawrence F. Locke, Wanneen Wyrick Spirduso, and Stephen J. SilvermanHow Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment by Michele Lamont

Visual Communication and Design

On-campus Support

Visualization Lab
GIS Data Center
Digital Media Commons

Slide Design

Quick suggestions
Slide Design Guidelines (American Evaluation Association)
Expert design tips

Poster Design

How to Design an Award-Winning Conference Poster

Data Visualization

Examples of mediocre data visualizations
Dimensionality reduction: t-distributed stochastic neighbor embedding (t-SNE)
Ethically communicating data
3D data visualization tool: Embedding projector
3D data visualization tool: Hypertools
NIST/SEMATECH e-handbook of statistical methods
Tools for data mining and analysis
R-bloggers: news and tutorials for data visualization using R
Slopegraphs in Excel tutorial
Visualizing regression tables
Data visualization checklist
Data visualization tutorials
Visual understanding environment
Sankey diagram creator
Tools to create different chart types
RAWgraphs online data visualization
Javascript data visualization library
Overview of chart creation tools
Catalogue of chart types
Nature Methods perspectives on data visualization
Short list of common data presentation needs and associated chart types
Most searched for data visualizations
Data Visualization Faculty Workshop Slides

Design templates

Rubric based on Stephen Few’s visualization effectiveness profile
Melih Met’s KPI dashboard (visit page to download)
Melih Met’s sunburst chart (visit page to download)
Jon Schwabish’s mixed bar and line plot (visit page to download)
Jon Schwabish’s dot plot (visit page to download)
Dot plot and variants (dot plot, dumbbell plot, lollipop chart)
Bar chart variants (butterfly chart, deviation bars)

Practicing experts

Kaiser Fung
Andrew Gelman
Charlie Park
Jeff Bennett
Michael Friendly
Robert Kosara
Kennedy Elliot
Laurens van der Maaten
Krisztina Szucs
Melih Met
Jon Peltier
James Cheshire
Ben Jones
Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
Andy Kirk
Jorge Camões
Stephanie Evergreen
Alberto Cairo
Stephen Few
Edward Tufte

Professional Scientific Illustrators

Victor Leshyk
Ella Marushchenko
Mary O'Reilly
International Association of Astronomical Artists
Guild of Natural Illustrators


Design and visual thinking

Syllabus by Lynda BarryThe Doodle Revolution by Sunni Lee BrownDesign for Hackers by David KadavySlide:ology by Nancy Duarte

Data visualization

Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward TufteElements of Graphing Data by William S. ClevelandInformation Visualization by Colin WareNow You See It by Stephen FewShow Me the Numbers by Stephen FewCreating More Effective Charts by Naomi RobbinsPresenting Data Effectively by Stephanie EvergreenEffective Data Visualization by Stephanie EvergreenStory Telling with Data by Cole Nussbaumer KnaflicData at Work by Jorge CamõesThe Truthful Art by Alberto CairoThe Functional Art by Alberto Cairo

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