Using Your Spreadsheets

The spreadsheets are your model. Begin to use them by organizing the information on the spreadsheets in such a way that you can refer to them easily. Then as you begin writing you will keep an ongoing sheet of particular words or phrases about which you need more information. Perhaps you will make further spreadsheets, which will extend and complete your model for writing a successful scientific paper. Keep the spreadsheets. Use them. Modify them by adding new information and discarding data you find you no longer need.

Anytime you have a question about the written presentation of a certain idea, your spreadsheets should help you. If your spreadsheets are not sufficient help, a careful scan of a relevant published article written by a native speaker of English should provide what you need. Even writers who do not keep spreadsheets usually have their own personal lists of appealing words and phrases with notes of where they were found and how each was used.

If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research.

- Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

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