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Written by a professional biologist who is also an experienced writing teacher, this comprehensive guide for students writing in biology, zoology, and botany provides detailed instruction on researching, drafting, revising, and documenting papers, reviews, and other forms of writing.
VICTORIA E. MCMILLAN (Ph.D., Syracuse University) teaches in the interdisciplinary writing department, the biology department, and the women's studies program at Colgate University. A behavioral ecologist who has published a number of scholarly and popular articles on animal behavior, McMillan is currently focusing her research activities on reproductive strategies in insects, dragonflies in particular.
Table of Contents
|About the Author||p. viii|
|Introduction: How and Why Biologists Write: An Introduction to Biological Literature||p. 1|
|Locating and Using Biological Literature||p. 5|
|Sear Ching the Liter Ature||p. 5|
|Sample Database Search||p. 11|
|Using the Inter Net||p. 20|
|Reading Scientific Papers||p. 27|
|Taking Notes||p. 29|
|Handling Data and Using Statistics||p. 33|
|Getting Started||p. 33|
|Recording and Organizing Your Findings||p. 36|
|Using Statistics to Analyze Your Data||p. 39|
|Using Tables and Figures||p. 45|
|Checklist for Tables and Figures||p. 66|
|Writing Lab Reports and Research Papers||p. 68|
|Materials and Methods||p. 78|
|Literature Cited||p. 94|
|Checklist for Lab Reports and Research Papers||p. 94|
|Sample Laboratory Report||p. 96|
|Sample Student Research Paper||p. 102|
|Writing a Review Paper||p. 114|
|Choosing a Topic||p. 115|
|Deciding on a Title||p. 116|
|Working with the Literature||p. 116|
|Presenting your Material||p. 117|
|Checklist for Review Papers||p. 128|
|Sample Review Paper||p. 129|
|Documenting the Paper||p. 137|
|Citing Sources in the Text||p. 137|
|CSE Style||p. 138|
|APA Style||p. 145|
|Preparing the Literature Cited Section||p. 152|
|CSE Style||p. 153|
|APA Style||p. 160|
|Drafting and Revising||p. 167|
|The First Draft||p. 167|
|Practical Suggestions for Revising||p. 170|
|Checking Content and Structure||p. 175|
|Improving Paragraphs||p. 176|
|Writing Clear, Accurate Sentences||p. 178|
|Avoiding Wordiness||p. 187|
|Verb Tense||p. 191|
|Preparing the Final Draft||p. 196|
|Mechanics and Technicalities||p. 196|
|Manuscript Format||p. 201|
|Writing an Acknowledgments Section||p. 204|
|Using Writing to Prepare for Examinations||p. 206|
|Getting the Most out of Textbooks||p. 206|
|Taking Good Lecture Notes||p. 207|
|Preparing for Laboratory Exams||p. 208|
|Studying for Short-Answer Questions||p. 210|
|Answering Essay Questions||p. 212|
|Other Forms of Biological Writing||p. 215|
|Oral Presentations||p. 215|
|Sample Powerpoint Presentation||p. 219|
|Poster Presentations||p. 226|
|Sample Poster Presentation||p. 231|
|Research Proposals||p. 234|
|Sample Research Proposal||p. 236|
|Letters of Application||p. 243|
|Sample Cover Letter||p. 245|
|Sample Resume||p. 249|
|Sample Curriculumvitae||p. 250|
|Additional Readings||p. 253|
|Literature Cited||p. 256|
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