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Making Sense in the Life Sciences

A Student's Guide to Writing and Research

Margot Northey and Patrick von Aderkas

Publication Date - February 2011

ISBN: 9780195433708

288 pages

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $29.95


The Making Sense series comprises five concise, readable guides to research and writing for use by students at all levels of undergraduate study. Designed especially for students in the life sciences, this book outlines the general principles of style, grammar, and usage, while covering such issues as how to conduct academic research, how to write research essays and lab reports, how to document sources, and how to prepare effective oral presentations and posters.


  • The newest member of a series with proven success - Making Sense celebratedtwenty-five years in print in 2009.
  • Numerous visuals tailored to the life sciences.
  • perfect as either a quick and casual reference or as a text to read cover to cover.
  • Includes information not just on effective writing and researching, but also preparing for tests and exams, performing lab work, giving presentations, and working in groups.

Table of Contents

    A Note to the Student
    A Note to the Instructor
    1. Writing and Thinking
    2. Planning an Essay
    3. Researching an Essay
    4. Writing an Essay
    5. Writng a Lab Report
    6. Writing with Style
    7. Grammar
    8. Punctuation
    9. Misused Words and Phrases
    10. Using Illustrations
    11. Documenting Sources
    12. Presenting
    13. Working in Groups
    14. Exams
    15. Resumes
    Appendix 1: Sample Student Essays
    Appendix 2: Weights, Measures, and Notation
    Grammar Glossary