Student Handbook for Writing in Biology / Edition 3

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Overview

This book provides practical advice to students who are learning to write according to the conventions in biology. Using the standards of journal publication as a model, the author provides, in a user-friendly format, specific instructions on: using biology databases to locate references; developing sound reading strategies; paraphrasing for improved comprehension; writing for a particular audience with the appropriate tone; preparing lab reports or scientific papers, posters, and oral presentations with accepted format and content; self-evaluating drafts; using peer and instructor feedback for professional development; and preparing oral presentations in PowerPoint.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429234917
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 4/10/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 549,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Scientific Method
An Introduction to the Scientific Method

2. Developing a Literature Search Strategy
Databases and Search Engines for Scientific Information
Database Search Strategies
Evaluating Search Results
Managing References (Citations)

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
The Benefits of Learning to Write Scientific Papers
Credibility and Reputation
Model Papers

4. Step-by-Step Instructions for Preparing a Laboratory Report or Scientific Paper
Timetable
Getting Started
Start with the Materials and Methods Section
Do the Results Section Next
Make Connections
Effective Advertising
Documenting Sources

5. Revision
Getting Ready to Revise
Revise Again
The Biology Lab Report Checklist

6. A "Good" Sample Student Laboratory Report
Laboratory Report Mistakes

7. Poster Presentations
Why Posters?
Poster Format
Making a Poster in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
Poster Content
Presenting Your Poster
Evaluation Form for Poster Presentations

8. Oral Presentations
Organization
Plan Ahead
Write the Text
Prepare the Visuals
Rehearsal
Delivery
Feedback

Appendix 1. Word Processing in Microsoft Word 2007
Introduction
Good Houskeeping
Increasing your Word Processing Efficiency
Commands in Word
Unfurling the Ribbon
Proofreading your Documents

Appendix 2. Making Graphs in Microsoft Excel 2007
Introduction
Commands in Excel 2007
Formulas in Excel 2007
Unfurling the Ribbon
Other Ribbon Tabs
Excel Terminology
Goodbye Chart Wizard, Hello Insert Charts
Plotting XY Graphs (Scatter Charts)
dding Data after Graph has been Made
Multiple Lines on an XY Graph
Trendlines
Plotting Bar Graphs
Pie Graphs
Error Bars and Variability

Appendix 3. Preparing Oral Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
Views for Organizing and Writing your Presentation
Designs for New Presentations
Slide Layouts
Formatting Text
Sample Presentation
Illustrations
Navigating Among Slides in Normal View
Saving and Printing Presentations
Revising and Polishing Presentations
Delivering Presentations

Bibliography
Index

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