Science students are expected to produce lab reports, but are rarely adequately instructed on how to write them. Aimed at undergraduate students, Successful Laboratory Reports bridges the gap between the many books about writing term papers and the advanced books about writing papers for publication in scientific journals, neither of which gives much information about writing laboratory reports. The first part guides students through the structure of a good report as they write a first draft. The second part shows how to revise the report and how to polish and nurture good science writing skills. The book will prove invaluable to all science students, but particularly those in biology and chemistry.
Part I. Writing The First Draft: Format:
1. Getting started
3. Materials and methods
4. Results I. Graphs and tables
5. Results II. Writing the text
6. Assessing the results: notes for the discussion
Part II . Crafting The Final Version: Style
9. Revising your paper
10. Citations and reference list
11. Sample lab report and revision
"[...] useful addition to the bookshelves of any university library."
- Chemistry in Britain