Writing in the Biological Sciences: A Comprehensive Resource for Scientific Communication

Paperback | July 31, 2015

byAngelika H. Hofmann

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Practical and easy to use, Writing in the Biological Sciences provides students with all of the techniques and information they need to communicate their scientific ideas, insights, and discoveries. Angelika H. Hofmann introduces students to the underlying principles and guidelines ofprofessional scientific writing and then teaches them how to apply these methods when composing essential forms of scientific writing and communication.Ideal as a free-standing textbook for courses on writing in the biological sciences - or as an accompanying text or reference guide in courses and laboratories with writing-intensive components - this indispensable handbook gives students the tools they need to succeed in their undergraduate sciencecareers and beyond.

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Practical and easy to use, Writing in the Biological Sciences provides students with all of the techniques and information they need to communicate their scientific ideas, insights, and discoveries. Angelika H. Hofmann introduces students to the underlying principles and guidelines ofprofessional scientific writing and then teaches the...

Angelika H. Hofmann is Instructor of Scientific Writing at Yale University. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry. Renowned in the field of scientific writing, she also heads "SciWri Services," a venture that has provided workshops and editing and consulting services for scholars and scientists around the world for o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:July 31, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190245603

ISBN - 13:9780190245603

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Table of Contents

ForewordPrefacePART I. SCIENTIFIC WRITING BASICS1. Science and Scientific Communication1.1 The Scientific Method1.2 Readers and Writers1.3 Scientific Writing versus Composition Writing1.4 Necessary Technical SkillsSummary2. Fundamentals of Scientific Writing, Part I--Style2.1 Individual Words and Word Location2.2 Sentences and Technical StyleSummary of Basic Writing Rules, Part I--StyleProblems3. Fundamentals of Scientific Writing, Part II--Composition3.1 Paragraph Flow3.2 Paragraph Construction and Organization3.3 CondensingSummary of Basic Writing Rules, Part II--CompositionsProblemsPART II. WORKING WITH REFERENCES AND DATA4. Literature Sources4.1 Searching the Literature4.2 Source Material4.3 Citing References4.4 Common References4.5 Managing Sources4.6 Plagiarism and Taking NotesSummaryProblems5. Basics of Statistical Analysis5.1 General Guidelines5.2 Basic Statistical Terminology5.3 Distribution Curves5.4 Statistical Analysis of Data5.5 Reporting Statistics5.6 Graphical Representation5.7 Useful Resources for Statistical Analysis5.8 ChecklistSummaryProblems6. Data, Figures, and Tables6.1 General Guidelines6.2 From Data to Results6.3 Figures, Their Legends, and Their Titles6.4 Tables and Their Titles6.5 Software Resources for Figures and Tables6.6 ChecklistSummaryProblemsPART III. INTRODUCTORY WRITING7. Laboratory Reports and Research Papers7.1 General Purpose7.2 The Big Picture7.3 Before You Get Started7.4 Components and Format7.5 Title and Title Page7.6 Abstract7.7 Introduction7.8 Materials and Methods7.9 Results7.10 Discussion7.11 References7.12 Acknowledgments7.13 ChecklistSummaryProblems8. Revising and Editing8.1 General Advice8.2 Revising the First Draft8.3 Revising Subsequent Drafts8.4 Checklist for Revising8.5 Editing Someone Else's Manuscript8.6 Checklist for Editing Someone Else's Manuscript8.7 Submission and the Review ProcessSummaryProblems9. Sample Reports9.1 General Overview9.2 Sample Weekly Lab Report9.3 Sample Project Paper10. Reading, Summarizing, and Critiquing a Scientific Research Article10.1 Content of a Scientific Research Article10.2 Reading a Research Paper10.3 Writing a Summary of a Research Paper10.4 Critiquing a Research Paper10.5 ChecklistSummaryProblems11. Term Papers and Review Articles11.1 Purpose of Reviews11.2 Deciding on the Topic11.3 Format11.4 Title11.5 Abstract11.6 Introduction11.7 Main Analysis Section11.8 Conclusion11.9 References11.10 ChecklistSummaryProblems12. Answering Essay Questions12.1 General Overview12.2 Preparing for an Essay Exam12.3 Answering an Essay Question12.4 Time Management Tips12.5 ChecklistSummaryPART IV. ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS13. Oral Presentations13.1 Format of a Scientific Talk13.2 Preparing for a Talk13.3 Delivery of a Talk13.4 Question and Answer Period13.5 Useful Resources13.6 ChecklistSummaryProblems14. Posters14.1 Components and Format of a Poster14.2 Preparing a Poster14.3 Presenting a Poster14.4 Useful Resources14.5 Complete Sample Poster14.6 Checklist for a PosterSummaryProblems15. Research Proposals15.1 General Overview15.2 Components and Format15.3 Abstract15.4 Specific Aims15.5 Background15.6 Research Design15.7 Impact and Significance15.8 Additional Proposal Components15.9 ChecklistSummaryProblems16. Job Applications16.1 Curricula Vitae (CVs) and Resumes16.2 Cover Letters16.3 Personal Statements16.4 Letters of Recommendation16.5 Checklist for a Job ApplicationSummaryProblemsAppendix A: Commonly Confused and Misused WordsAppendix B: MS Word Basics and Top 20 MS Word TipsAppendix C: Excel Basics and Top 20 Excel TipsAppendix D: PowerPoint Basics and Top 20 PowerPoint TipsAppendix E: MS Office Cheat SheetAnswers to ProblemsGlossary of English Grammar TermsBibliographyCreditsIndex

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"Students could purchase this book as undergraduates and it would be useful throughout the entirety of their careers, whether they intend to pursue professional degrees or work in the private sector." --Letitia M. Reichart, University of Nebraska at Kearney