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Comprehensive. Practical. Your resource for life.Practical and easy to use, Writing in the Biological Sciences: A Comprehensive Resource for Scientific Communication presents students with all of the techniques and information they need in order to communicate their scientific ideas, insights, and discoveries effectively. Angelika H. Hofmann introduces students to the underlying principles and guidelines of professional scientific writing and then teaches them how to apply these methods when composing essential forms of scientific writing and communication.A Companion Website contains instructor's lecture slides and all images from the text in PowerPoint format (www.oup.com/us/hofmann).Ideal as a free-standing textbook for courses on writing in the biological sciences - as well as an accompanying text or reference guide in courses and laboratories with writing-intensive components - this indispensable handbook gives students the tools they need to succeed in their undergraduatescience careers and beyond.
Angelika H. Hofmann is Instructor of Scientific Writing at Yale University.
Table of Contents
Foreword Preface PART I. SCIENTIFIC WRITING BASICS Chapter 1: Scientific Communication 1.1 Importance of Scientific Communication 1.2 Readers and Writers 1.3 Necessary Basic Skills 1.4 About this Book Chapter 2: Literature Sources 2.1 Searching the Literature 2.2 Selecting References 2.3 Citing References 2.4 Common Reference Styles 2.5 Managing Sources 2.6 Plagiarism and Taking Notes Summary Problems Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Scientific Writing, Part I--Style 3.1 Word Choice and Location 3.2 Sentences and Technical Style Summary of Writing Principles, Part I--Style Problems Chapter 4: Fundamentals of Scientific Writing, Part II--Compositions 4.1 Paragraph Structure 4.2 Paragraph Organization 4.3 Condensing Summary of Writing Principles, Part II--Compositions Problems PART II. WORKING WITH DATA Chapter 5: Data, Figures, and Tables 5.1 General Guidelines 5.2 From Data to Results 5.3 Figures, Their Legends, and Their Titles 5.4 Tables and Their Titles 5.5 Software Resources for Figures and Tables 5.6 Basics of Statistical Analysis 5.7 Useful Resources for Statistical Analysis 5.8 Checklist Summary Problems PART III. INTRODUCTORY WRITING Chapter 6: Laboratory Reports and Research Papers 6.1 Overall 6.2 Before You Get Started 6.3 Content and Organization 6.4 Title and Title Page 6.5 Abstract 6.6 Introduction 6.7 Materials and Methods 6.8 Results 6.9 Discussion 6.10 References 6.11 Acknowledgements 6.14 Checklist Summary Problems Chapter 7: Revising and Editing 7.1 General 7.2 Revising the First Draft 7.3 Subsequent Drafts 7.4 Checklist for Revising 7.5 Editing Someone Else's Manuscript 7.6 Checklist for Editing Someone Else's Manuscript 7.7 Submission and the Review Process Summary Chapter 8: Sample Reports 8.1 General 8.2 Sample Weekly Lab Report 8.3 Sample Project Paper Chapter 9: Reading, Summarizing, and Critiquing a Scientific Research Article 9.1 Content of a Scientific Research Article 9.2 Reading a Research Paper 9.3 Writing a Summary of a Research Paper 9.4 Critiquing a Research Paper Summary Chapter 10: Term Papers and Review Articles 10.1 General Advice 10.2 Source Material 10.3 Organization 10.4 Abstract 10.5 Introduction 10.6 Main Analysis Section 10.7 Conclusion 10.8 References 10.9 Checklist Summary Problems Chapter 11: Answering Essay Questions 11.1 General 11.2 Preparing for an Essay Exam 11.3 Answering an Essay Question 11.4 Time Management Tips 11.5 Checklist Summary PART IV. ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS Chapter 12: Oral Presentations 12.1 Organization of a Scientific Talk 12.2 Preparing for a Talk 12.3 Delivery of a Talk 12.4 Question and Answer Period 12.5 Useful Resources 12.6 Checklist Summary Problems Chapter 13: Posters 13.1 Content and Organization of a Poster 13.2 Preparing a Poster 13.3 Presenting a Poster 13.4 Useful Resources 13.5 Complete Sample Poster 13.6 Checklist for a Poster Summary Problems Chapter 14: Research Proposals 14.1 General 14.2 Content and Organization 14.3 Individual Sections of a Grant Proposal 14.4 Checklist Summary Problems Chapter 15: Job Applications 15.1 Curricula Vitae (CVs) and Résumés 15.2 Cover Letters 15.3 Personal Statement 15.4 Letter of Recommendation 15.5 Checklist for the Job Application Summary Appendix A: Commonly Confused and Misused Words Appendix B: MS Word Basics and Top 20 MS Word Tips Appendix C: Excel Basics and Top 20 Excel Tips Appendix D: PowerPoint Basics and Top 20 PowerPoint Tips Appendix E: MS Office Cheat Sheet Answers to Problems Glossary of English Grammar Terms Bibliography Credits Index