Short Guide to Writing about Biology

ISBN-10: 020507507X
ISBN-13: 9780205075072
Edition: 8th 2013 (Revised)
Authors: Jan A. Pechenik
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Book details

List price: $38.99
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 1/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

This best-selling writing guide by a prominent biologist teaches students to think as biologists and to express ideas clearly and concisely through their writing.Providing students with the tools they'll need to be successful writers in college and their profession, A Short Guide to Writing about Biology emphasizes writing as a way of examining, evaluating, and sharing ideas. The text teaches students how to read critically, study, evaluate and report data, and how to communicate information clearly and logically.Students are also given detailed advice on locating useful sources, interpreting the results of statistical tests, maintaining effective laboratory and field notebooks, writing effective research proposals and poster presentations, writing effective applications, and communicating information to both professional and general audiences.

Preface
General Aduice about Writing and Reading Biology
Introduction and General Rules
What Lies Ahead?
What Do Biologists Write About, and Why?
The Keys to Success
Avoiding Plagiarism
On Using Computers in Writing
On Using Computers for Data Storage, Analysis, and Presentation
Summary
Using Shortcuts and Autocorrect
Locating Useful Sources
What Lies Ahead?
Easy Ways to Access the Primary Literature
Using indexes
Using Science Citation index
Using Current Contents Connect
Using Medline and Other Databases
Prowling the Internet
Conducting Web Searches: Developing Productive Search Strategies
Final Thoughts about Efficient Searching: Technology Isn�t Everything
Closing Thoughts
Summary
Using Search Engines Effectively
General Advice on Reading and Note Taking
What Lies Ahead?
Why Read and What to Read
Effective Reading
Reading Data: Plumbing the Depths of Figures and Tables
Reading Text: Summarize as You Go
Take Notes in Your Own Words
Final Thoughts on Note Taking: Document Your Sources
Summary
Reading and Writing About Statistical Analyses
What Lies Ahead?
Statistical Essentials
Summary: Using Statistics to Test Hypotheses
Moving Beyond p-Values
Reading about Statistics
Writing about Statistics
Summary
Citing Sources and Listing References
What Lies Ahead?
Citing Sources
Summary of Citation Format Rules
Preparing the Literature Cited Section
A Sample Literature Cited Section
Bibliographic Management Software
Producing Hanging Indents
Revising
What Lies Ahead?
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 Reviewer
Checklist
Tracking Changes Made To Documents
Guidelines for Specific Tasks
Prelude: Why Are You Writing Papers and Proposals and Giving Talks?
Writing Summaries, Critiques, Essays, and Review Papers
What Lies Ahead?
Writing Summaries and Critiques
Sample Student Summary
Writing Essays and Review Papers
Checklist for Essays and Review Papers
Answering Essay Questions
Basic Principles
Applying the Principles
Summary
Writing Laboratory and Other Research Reports
What Lies Ahead?
Why Are You Doing This?
The Purpose of Laboratory and Field Notebooks
Components of the Research Report
Where to Start
When to Start
Writing the Materials and Methods Section
Writing the Results Section
Citing Sources
What to Do Next?
Writing the Discussion Section
Writing the Introduction Section
Talking about Your Study Organism or Field Site
Deciding on a Title
Writing an Abstract
Preparing an Acknowledgments Section
Preparing the Literature Cited Section
Preparing a Paper for Formal Publication
A Note about Co-Authorship
Checklist for the Final Draft
Using Computer Spreadsheets for Data Collection
Graphing with Excel
Writing Research Proposals
What Lies Ahead?
What Are Reviewers Looking For?
Researching Your Topic
What Makes a Good Research Question?
Writing the Proposal
Tightening the Logic
The Life of a Real Research Proposal
Checklist
Presenting Research Findings: Preparing Talks and Poster Presentations
Oral Presentations
Checklist for Being Judged
Poster Presentations
Checklist for Making Posters
Writing Letters of Application
Before You Start
Preparing the CV
Preparing the Cover Letter
Recruiting Effective Letters of Recommendation
Revised Sample Sentences
Commonly Used Abbreviations
Recommended Resources
Index

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