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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, poster presentations, and other forms of writing.
Victoria E. McMillan (PhD, Syracuse University) taught 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
Preface About the Author
How and Why Biologists Write: An Introduction to Biological Literature
CHAPTER 1 Locating and Using Biological Literature Searching the Literature Sample Database Search Using the Internet Reading Scientific Papers Taking Notes
CHAPTER 2 Handling Data and Using Statistics Getting Started Recording and Organizing Your Findings Using Statistics to Analyze Your Data
CHAPTER 3 Using Tables and Figures Tables Figures Checklist for Tables and Figures
CHAPTER 4 Writing Lab Reports and Research Papers Title Abstract Introduction Materials and Methods Results Discussion Acknowledgments Literature Cited Checklist for Lab Reports and Research Papers Sample Laboratory Report Sample Student Research Paper
CHAPTER 5 Writing a Review Paper Choosing a Topic Deciding on a Title Working with the Literature Presenting Your Material Checklist for Review Papers Sample Review Paper
CHAPTER 6 Documenting the Paper Citing Sources in the Text Preparing the Literature Cited Section
CHAPTER 7 Drafting and Revising The First Draft Practical Suggestions for Revising Checking Content and Structure Improving Paragraphs Writing Clear, Accurate Sentences Avoiding Wordiness Verb Tense Punctuation
CHAPTER 8 Preparing the Final Draft Mechanics and Technicalities Manuscript Format Writing and Acknowledgments Section Proofreading
CHAPTER 9 Using Writing to Prepare for Examinations Getting the Most Out of Textbooks Taking Good Lecture Notes Preparing for Laboratory Exams Studying for Short-Answer Questions Answering Essay Questions
CHAPTER 10 Other Forms of Biological Writing Oral Presentations Sample PowerPoint Presentation Checklist for Oral Presentations Poster Presentations Checklist for Poster Presentations Sample Poster Presentation Research Proposals Sample Research Proposal Letters of Application Sample Cover Letter Résumés Sample Résumé Sample Curriculum Vitae