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This book provides practical advice to students who are learning to write according to the conventions in biology, including step-by-step guidance and numerous examples of faulty writing (along with revisions) to alert students to pitfalls when writing different sections of a scientific paper. Most of the sections are designed to stand alone so that readers can look up a topic in the index and find the answer to their question. Those who want to learn more about the topic have the option of reading related sections or entire chapters.Most first-year students have had little experience producing Greek letters and mathematical symbols, sub- and superscripted characters, graphs, tables, drawings, and equations. For exactly this reason, almost half of the book is devoted to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint features that enable scientists to produce professional quality papers, graphs, posters, and oral presentations effectively and efficiently.
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