Why Writing Works

Disciplinary Approaches to Composing Texts

Reading in Environmental Science

by Dr. Emily Deaver

To become a better reader in Environmental Science, you should practice, practice, practice. You need to practice reading journal articles. You need to take notes and annotate articles as they read. The more you read, the easier it becomes for you to understand the styles and formats, to be able to understand and use the information you are reading, and to begin writing like a scientist.

Resources for reading

There is an excellent article on “How to Read a Scientific Article” by Mary Purugganan and Jan Hewitt available at the link below. It also has a “Template for Taking Notes on Research Articles” that allows students to apply what they read in the article. The article is available from:


Environmental Science: Disciplinary Perspective
Writing in Environmental Science
Documentation in Environmental Science
Research in Environmental Science