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Short Guide to Writing about Biology

ISBN-10: 0321078438

ISBN-13: 9780321078438

Edition: 4th 2001

Authors: Jan A. Pechenik

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Emphasizing writing as a means to examining, evaluating, sharing, and refining ideas, A Short Guide to Writing about Biology helps students get more out of their biology courses and prepares them for work beyond the classroom. More than a "writing guide," this book teaches students to think as biologists and to then express that thinking clearly and concisely through their writing and speaking. With comprehensive coverage on how to read and evaluate articles, how to interpret and describe the results of statistical tests, how to maintain laboratory and field notebooks, and how to communicate information concisely and convincingly to professional and general audiences, this book is a "must have" for any biology student. This edition also provides considerable emphasis on the Internet and work with computers in Biology.
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Book details

List price: $33.20
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 7/18/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.55" wide x 8.19" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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
Summary
General Advice on Reading and Note-Taking
Effective Reading
Reading Data
Reading Text
Plagiarism and Note-Taking
Final Thoughts on Note-Taking
Locating Useful Sources
Closing Thoughts
Summary
Reading and Writing about Statistical Analysis
Statistical Essentials
Summary
Reading about Statistics
Writing about Statistics
Citing Sources and Listing References
Citing Sources
Preparing the Literature Cited Section
Sample Literature Cited Section
Revising
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
Researching Your Topic
Writing the Paper
Citing Sources
Creating a Title
Revising
Writing Laboratory and Other Research Reports
Why Are You Doing This?
The Purpose of Laboratory and Field Notebooks
Components of the Research Report
Where to Start
Writing the Materials and Methods Section
Writing the Results Section
Citing Sources
Writing the Discussion Section
Writing the Introduction Section
Deciding on a Title
Writing an Abstract
Preparing an Acknowledgements Section
Preparing the Literature Cited Section
Preparing Papers for Formal Publication
Checklist for the Final Draft of Your Research Report
Answering Essay Questions
Basic Principles
Writing Research Proposals
Researching Your Topic
What Makes a Good Research Question
Writing the Proposal
Tightening the Logic
The Life of a Real Research Proposal
Writing a Poster Presentation
Layout of the Poster
Making the Poster
Checklist for Making Posters
Writing for a General Audience: Science Journalism
Science Journalism Based on Published Research
Journalism Based on an Interview
Preparing Oral Presentations
Talking about Published Research Papers
Talking about Original Research
Talking about Proposed Research
The Listener's Responsibility
Preparing Effective Slides and Overheads
Getting Fancy, or Not
Writing Letters of Application
Before You Start
Preparing the Resume
Preparing the Cover Letter
Recruiting Effective Letters of Recommen