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Written by a professional biologist who is also an experienced writing teacher, this comprehensive guide for students writing in biology, zoology, and botany provides detailed instruction on researching, drafting, revising, and documenting papers, reviews, and other forms of writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312649715
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/7/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 146,347
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

VICTORIA E. MCMILLAN (Ph.D., 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.

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Table of Contents

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How and Why Biologists Write: An Introduction to Biological Literature

1. Locating and Using Biological Literature
Searching the Literature
*Using the Internet
Reading Scientific Papers
Taking Notes

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

3. Using Tables and Figures

4. Writing Lab Reports and Research Papers
Materials and Methods
Literature Cited
*Checklist for Lab Reports and Research Papers
*Sample Laboratory Report
Sample Student Research Paper

5. Writing a Review Paper
Choosing a Topic
Deciding on a Title
Working with the Literature
Presenting Your Material
Sample Review Paper

6. Documenting the Paper
Citing Sources in the Text
Preparing the Literature Cited Section

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

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

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

10. Other Forms of Biological Writing
Oral Presentations
Poster Presentations
Research Proposals
Letters of Application
Sample Cover Letter
Sample Résumés
Sample Curriculum Vitae

Additional Readings
References Cited

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