Faculty Advisor

deWinter, Jennifer

Abstract

In this MQP, I conducted a full genre study of chemical engineering trade journals in order to write an article about rare earth elements for Chemical Engineering Progress, a trade journal published by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In order to define best practices, I conducted extensive research in the popular and academic spheres of scientific communication and designed and conducted an inductive study of 9 trade journal articles. From this work, I found trade journals exhibited elements of the popular, academic, and textbook genres of scientific communication. I also classified two types of articles: highly technical and overview. The results of this analysis were used to write my article.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Professional Writing

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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