The Site

I (Brett Merritt) first published the SCIENCEsEDiment blogsite in 2011. Since then, many students have inquired about the site name. Why SCIENCEsEDiment? Where did the name originate? You can read my account of the site name here. If you’re interested in viewing the overall architecture of the site, which is typically experiences a significant reorganization every 2 years or so, you can view the most current site outline here.

Although I take full responsibility for the design, features, and maintenance of SCIENCEsEDiment–as well as any and all existing  errors and mistakes!–I cannot in good conscience take sole credit for its existence. On the contrary, this site was made possible by the assistance of people, books, articles, Internet sites, and many other resources. Below, I have included references to various texts and people that I consulted and/or otherwise leaned into when creating the different sections and pages of the site. Where relevant, I have also used  [brackets] after individual references to indicate–and link to–specific page(s) within the SCIENCEsEDiment site to which that text or person provides form, content, and/or inspiration. [July 2019: These links need updating.]


Branson, R.D. (2004). Anatomy of a Research Paper. Respiratory Care, 49(10), pp. 1222–1228. [Research Articles]


Canfield, M.R. (Ed.) (2011). Field Notes on Science & Nature. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MASS. ISBN: 978-0-674-05757-9 [Lab & Field Notebook]

Jones, M. & Jones G. (2010). Cambridge IGCSE Biology Workbook (2nd edition). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. ISBN: 978-0-521-12443-0 [Data Tables] [Graphs]

Klass, Gary M. (2012). Just Plain Data Analysis: Finding, Presenting & Interpreting Social Science Data (2nd edition). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers: New York. ISBN: 978-1-4422-1509-2 (electronic book) [Data Tables] [Graphs]

Lemke, J. (1990). Talking Science: Language, Learning, and Values. Ablex Publishing: London. ISBN: 978-0-893915-66-7

Merson-Davies, A. (2008). IB Biology Student Guide for Internal Assessment SL/HL. OSC Publishing: Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-1-904534-72-3 [Data Tables] [Graphs]


Carpi, A., & Egger, A.E. (2008). “Comparison in Scientific Research.” Visionlearning Vol. POS-1 (5). Retrieved 2016-07-05 from [Investigations > Comparative]

Carpi, A., & Egger, A.E. (2008). “Description in Scientific Research.” Visionlearning Vol. POS-1 (6). Retrieved 2016-07-05 from [Investigations > Descriptive]

Carpi, A., & Egger, A.E. (2008). “Experimentation in Scientific Research.” Visionlearning Vol. POS-1 (7). Retrieved 2016-07-05 from [Investigations > Experimental]

Carpi, A., & Egger, A.E. (2008). “Modeling in Scientific Research.” Visionlearning Vol. POS-1 (8). Retrieved 2016-07-05 from [Investigations > Modelling]

Journal of Emerging Investigators. (2011). “Parts of a Scientific Paper.” Retrieved from [Research Articles]

Klass, G.M. “Constructing Good Graphs and Charts.” Retrieved 2014-08-22 from [Graphs]

Klass, G.M. “Constructing Good Tables.” Retrieved 2014-08-25 from [Data Tables]

Michigan Sea Grant. (2014). “Teacher Tools.” Retrieved from [Graphs][Research Questions]

North Carolina State University. (2004). “LabWrite: Improving Lab Reports.” Retrieved from [Lab & Field Reports] [Data Tables] [Graphs]

Purrington, C.B. “Maintaining a laboratory notebook.” Retrieved 2014-06-01 from [Lab & Field Notebook]


Ilana Saxe (The Lawrenceville School, NJ) – Although I had designed, created, and maintained websites for use in educational settings prior to meeting her in 2010, Ms. Saxe was the first to introduce me to, the free and open source web/blog hosting service provider that presently hosts SCIENCEsEDiment.

Steven Tuckey (Jackson Community College, MI) – Back in 2004, while Ph.D. students at Michigan State University, Steve and I began teaching our undergraduate students how to build their own websites in support of both their course assignments and preservice teaching experiences. Steve had much more knowledge of–and experience in–web design at the time, and I owe him a deep debt for his willingness to share his knowledge and experience with me.

Last updated: April 2017

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