Correlated Rotational Alignment Spectroscopy

Scientific writing Style-Guide

The following are some resources that may help you with your scientific writing. Scientific writing can be a challenge even for native writers, so don’t despair. Practice makes perfect and you have to write in order to learn to write.

Here is a short 1-page cheat sheet to help you getting started:

For chemistry students, it is worthwhile to look at the style guide of the American Institute of physics or the Americal Chemical Society. You can find a short excerpt from the AIP style guide here: AIP_Style_4thed_extract. Or directly visit the ACS website at:

Use dictionaries to find the right words (e.g.: (US-English), (British-English)). Use a spell checker to avoid unnecessary spelling mistakes.

If you are a non-native speaker, please make an extra effort to check your articles. Here is a very short primer about article placement in the English language:

  • “a” (also: “one”): Indefinite article. Always use when referring to one object that the reader does not yet know about.
  • “the” (also: “that”, “this”): Definite article. Always use when referring to one or multiple objects that the reader already knows about.
  • “” (no article): Plural indefinite article for objects that the reader did not yet know about, or for general statements about objects.

E.g.: I teach in a University. (You didn’t know about it yet.) The University is new. (I talk about the same University, so you already know about it.) I like a University. (Now I talk about a different University that you don’t know about.) Universities are cool. (I make a general statement about all Universities.)

And finally, read English books or English newspapers to improve your English style and vocabulary. There are lots of exciting English texts out there and reading is the easiest way to learn!

Here is some specific feedback for the 2016 Lab course reports: report_feedback.

IR Correlation Table and other Lab Course Material

  • The introduction slides for the lab course can be found here: Intro
  • Vibrational absorption frequencies for common chemical groups are listed in the IR_correlation_table.
  • Relevant vibrational Raman reference spectra [1] are summarized in this document: Literature Raman spectra.
  • You can ask questions to the teaching assistant 이종찬 (

[1] SDBSWeb : (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Aug. 9, 2016)