224 pages, illustrations
A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology 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; and using peer and instructor feedback for professional development.
In the Fourth Edition, the appendices have been updated for Microsoft Office 2010 running on the Windows 7 operating system. Our desire to find information quickly and to share information with others has driven both the technology and the updated appendices. Frequently used commands and where they are located in the new programs are summarized in each appendix. In addition, the Excel appendix now contains instructions for making graphs in Excel for Mac 2011. A section on saving formats as chart templates has been added to allow you to standardize your graphs and reduce the number of repetitive formatting steps. Recognizing our increasing reliance on the Internet for storing files and collaborating with others, the Word appendix has an updated section on online backup options.
1. The Scientific Method
2. Developing a Literature Search Strategy
3. Reading and Writing Scientific Papers
4. Step-by-Step Instructions for Preparing a Laboratory Report or Scientific Paper
6. A “Good” Sample Student Laboratory Report
7. Poster Presentations
8. Oral Presentations
Appendix 1. Word Processing in Microsoft Word 2010
Appendix 2. Making Graphs in Microsoft Excel 2010 and Excel for Mac 2011
Appendix 3. Preparing Oral Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
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