Short Guide to Writing About Biology, A

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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This best-selling writing guide teaches readers to think as biologists and to express that thinking clearly and concisely through their writing. Emphasizing writing as a means to examining, evaluating, sharing and refining ideas, this text teaches individuals to communicate information accurately, logically, concisely and unambiguously. Comprehensive coverage of how to read and evaluate articles, interpret and describe the results of statistical tests, maintain laboratory and field notebooks, and communicate information concisely and convincingly to professional and general audiences, this book is a "must have" for any biology student. Individuals who want to pursue a career in the biological sciences.

Table of Contents

General Advice About Writing and Reading Biology
Introduction and General Rules
What Do Biologists Write About, and Why?
The Keys to Success
On Using Computers in Writing
On Using Computers for Data Storage, Analysis, and Presentation
Why Read and What to Read: General Advice on Reading and Note-Taking
Effective Reading
Reading Data: Plumbing the Depths of Figures and Tables
Reading Text: Summarize As You Go
Plagiarism and Note-Taking
Final Thoughts on Note-Taking: Document Your Sources
Locating Useful Sources
Closing Thoughts
Reading and Writing about Statistical Analysis
Statistical Essentials
Summary: Doing Statistics
Reading About Statistics
Writing About Statistics
Citing Sources and Listing References
Citing Sources
Summary of Citation Format Rules
Preparing the Literature Cited Section
Sample Literature Cited Section
Preparing the Draft for Surgery
Plotting Idea Maps
Revising for Content
Revising for Clarity
Revising for Completeness
Revising for Conciseness
Revising for Flow
Revising for Teleology and Anthropomorphism
Revising for Spelling Errors
Revising for Grammar and Proper Word Usage
Becoming a Good Editor
Summary and Checklist
Guidelines for Specific Critiques
Writing Summaries and Critiques
Writing the First Draft
Writing the Summary
Sample Student Summary
Writing the Critique
Concluding Thoughts
Writing Essays and Term Papers
Why Bother?
Getting Started
Developing a Thesis Statement
Researching Your Topic
Writing the Paper
Citing Sources
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