Synopses & Reviews
This book provides practical advice to students who are learning to write according to the conventions in biology. Using the standards of journal publication as a model, the author provides, in a user-friendly format, specific instructions on: using biology databases to locate references; developing sound reading strategies; paraphrasing for improved comprehension; writing for a particular audience with the appropriate tone; preparing lab reports or scientific papers, posters, and oral presentations with accepted format and content; self-evaluating drafts; and using peer and instructor feedback for professional development.
This handbook provides practical advice to students who are learning to write biology papers - especially laboratory reports. Concise and user-friendly, it shows how to locate and evaluate pertinent sources, explains the best ways to format documents and graphs on a computer, and explores the nuts and bolts of the writing, editing, and revision processes.
Table of Contents
1. The Scientific Method
2. Finding Primary References
3. Reading and Writing Scientific Papers
4. Step-by-Step Instructions for Preparing a Laboratory Report or Scientific Paper
6. A "Good" Sample Student Laboratory Report
7. Poster Presentations
8. Oral Presentations
Appendix 1. Word Processing Basics in Microsoft Word
Appendix 2. Making XY Graphs in Microsoft Excel
Appendix 3. Preparing Oral Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint