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Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences / Edition 6

Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences / Edition 6

by Victoria E. McMillan
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With detailed instruction on researching, drafting, revising, and documenting papers, reviews, poster presentations, and more, Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences teaches you to exprtly write on topice relevant to biology, zoology, and botany.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781319047139
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 12/19/2016
Edition description: Sixth Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 67,448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Victoria E. McMillan (PhD, Syracuse University) teaches in the interdisciplinary writing department, the biology department, and the women's studies program at Colgate University. A behavioral ecologist who has published a number of scholarly and popular articles on animal behavior, McMillan is currently focusing her research activities on reproductive strategies in insects, dragonflies in particular.

Table of Contents

About the Author

How and Why Biologists Write: An Introduction to Biological Literature

Chapter 1 Locating and Using Biological Literature
 Searching the Literature
   Sample Database Search
 Using the Internet
 Reading Scientific Papers
 Avoiding Plagiarism and Taking Notes

Working Collaboratively

Keeping Up with the Literature

Chapter 2 Handling Data and Using Statistics
 Getting Started
 Recording and Organizing Your Findings
 Using Statistics to Analyze Your Data

Additional Sources

Chapter 3 Using Tables and Figures
 Checklist for Tables and Figures

Additional Sources

Chapter 4 Writing Lab Reports and Research Papers
 Materials and Methods
 Checklist for Lab Reports and Research Papers
 Additional Sources 

Sample Laboratory Report
  Sample Student Research Paper

Chapter  5 Writing a Review Paper
 Choosing a Topic
 Deciding on a Title
 Working with the Literature
 Presenting Your Material
 Checklist for Review Papers
  Sample Review Paper

Chapter 6 Documenting the Paper
 Citing Sources in the Text
 Preparing the References Section

Chapter 7 Drafting and Revising
 The First Draft
 Practical Suggestions for Revising
 Checking Content and Structure
 Improving Paragraphs
 Writing Clear, Accurate Sentences
 Avoiding Wordiness
 Verb Tense

Chapter  8 Preparing the Final Draft
 Mechanics and Technicalities
 Manuscript Format
 Writing and Acknowledgments Section

Chapter 9 Using Writing to Prepare for Examinations
 Getting the Most Out of Textbooks
 Taking Good Lecture Notes
 Preparing for Laboratory Exams
 Studying for Short-Answer Questions
 Answering Essay Questions

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Chapter 10 Other Forms of Biological Writing
 Oral Presentations
Checklist for Oral Presentations
  Sample PowerPoint Presentation
 Poster Presentations
Checklist for Poster Presentations
  Sample Poster Presentation
 Research Proposals
  Sample Research Proposal
 Letters of Application
  Sample Cover Letter
  Sample Résumé
  Sample Curriculum Vitae

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Symbols and Abbreviations Used in Biology

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