9781319047139

Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences

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  • ISBN13:

    9781319047139

  • ISBN10:

    1319047130

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 12/19/2016
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Summary

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 science writing.

The sixth edition features an expanded and revised chapter 1 on research strategies and sources, a greater diversity of examples from different subdisciplines (molecular biology, animal ecology, and genetics), and new technology tips throughout for searching databases and using software designed for charts, graphs, note-taking, and documentation.

Author Biography

Victoria E. McMillan (PhD, 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

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
 Avoiding Plagiarism and Taking Notes

Working Collaboratively

Keeping Up with the Literature

Chapter 2 Handling Data and Using Statistics
 Getting Started
 Recording and Organizing Your Findings
 Using Statistics to Analyze Your Data

Additional Sources

Chapter 3 Using Tables and Figures
 Tables
 Figures
 Checklist for Tables and Figures

Additional Sources

Chapter 4 Writing Lab Reports and Research Papers
 Title
 Abstract
 Introduction
 Materials and Methods
 Results
 Discussion
 Acknowledgments
 References
 Checklist for Lab Reports and Research Papers
 Additional Sources 

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 References 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

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Chapter 10 Other Forms of Biological Writing
 Oral Presentations
Checklist for Oral Presentations
    Sample PowerPoint Presentation
 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

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References

Index

Symbols and Abbreviations Used in Biology

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