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Providing practical advice to students on how to write for biology, this book shows how to write for a particular audience, self evaluate drafts, and paraphrase for improved comprehension.

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ISBN: 9781429234917 1429234911 OCLC Number: 277200598 Description: xvi, 296 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm Contents: Chapter 1: The Scientific Method --An Introduction to the Scientific Method --Ask a Question --Look for Answers to Your Questions --Turn Your Question Into a Hypothesis --Design an Experiment to Test Your Hypothesis --Record Data --Summarize Numerical Data --Analyze the Data --Try to Explain the Results --Revise Original Hypotheses to Take New Findings Into Account --Share Findings With Other Scientists --Chapter 2: Developing a Literature Search Strategy --Databases and Search Engines for Scientific Information --Comparison of Databases --Database Search Strategies --Understand Your Topic --Define Your Research Goals --Subdivide Your Topic Into Concepts --Choose Effective Keywords --Connect Keywords With the Operators And, Or, or Not --Use Truncation Symbols for Multiple Word Endings --Search Exact Phrase --Use the Same Keyword in a Different Database or Search Engine --Evaluating Search Results --Finding Related Articles --Obtaining Full-Text Articles --Managing References (Citations) --RefWorks --Chapter 3: Reading and Writing Scientific Papers --Types of Scientific Writing --Hallmarks of Scientific Writing --Scientific Paper Format --Styles for Documenting References --Strategies for Reading Journal Articles --Strategies for Reading Your Textbook --Study Groups --Plagiarism --Information That Does Not Have to Be Acknowledged --Information That Has to Be Acknowledged --Paraphrasing the Source Text --The Benefits of Learning to Write Scientific Papers --Credibility and Reputation --Model Papers --Chapter 4: Step-by-Step Instructions for Preparing a Laboratory Report or Scientific Paper --Timetable --Format Your Report Correctly --Computer Savvy --Getting Started --Reread the Laboratory Exercise --Audience and Tone --Start With the Materials and Methods Section --Writing Style --Details: To Include or Not to Include? --Do the Results Section Next --Writing the Body of the Results Section --Preparing Visuals --Organizing Your Data --Think Ahead to the Discussion --Equations --Make Connections --Write the Discussion --Write the Introduction --Effective Advertising --Write the Abstract --Write the Title --Documenting Sources --The Name-Year System --The Citation-Sequence System --Unpublished Laboratory Exercise --Personal Communication --Internet Sources --Journal Articles --Databases --Homepages --E-mails and Discussion Lists --Chapter 5: Revision --Getting Ready to Revise --Take a Break --Look at the Big Picture --Get Feedback --Revise Again --Conventions in Biology --Numbers --Standard Abbreviations --Punctuation --Clarity --Grammar --Word Usage --Spelling --Global Revision --The Biology Lab Report Checklist --Chapter 6: A Good Sample Student Laboratory Report --Laboratory Report Mistakes --Chapter 7: Poster Presentations --Why Posters? --Poster Format --Layout --Appearance --Font (Type Size and Appearance) --Nuts and Bolts --Making a Poster in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 --Page Setup --Adding Text, Images, and Graphs --Aligning Objects --Proofread Your Work --Final Printing --Poster Content --Title Banner --Introduction --Materials and Methods --Results --Discussion or Conclusions --Literature Citations --Acknowledgements --Presenting Your Poster --Evaluation Form for Poster Presentations --Sample Posters --Chapter 8: Oral Presentations --Organization --Plan Ahead --Write the Text --Prepare the Visuals --Rehearsal --Delivery --Presentation Style --Integrating Visuals --Interacting With the Audience --Group Presentations --Fielding Listener Questions --Feedback --Appendix 1: Word Processing in Microsoft Word 2007 --Appendix 2: Making Graphs in Microsoft Excel 2007 --Appendix 3: Preparing Oral Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.

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A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology provides practical and user-friendly advice to students who are learning to write according to the conventions in biology. Reorganized for clarity and revised throughout, the 3rd edition includes updates to the appendices for Microsoft Office 2007. Read more...