Short Guide to Writing about Biology

ISBN-10: 0321159810

ISBN-13: 9780321159816

Edition: 5th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Jan A. Pechenik

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This best-selling writing guide teaches students to think as biologists and to express that thinking clearly and concisely through their writing. Starting with a macro focus on general writing matters and moving to a micro focus on specific types of writing in biology, this brief, supplemental guide provides students with all the tools they'll need to be successful writers. Emphasizing writing as a means to examining, evaluating, sharing, and refining ideas, this text teaches students to communicate information accurately and concisely. 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 to professional and general audiences makes this best-selling book a must have for any biology student.
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Book details

List price: $44.20
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 7/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
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
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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