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Writing in the Biological Sciences

Fourth Edition

Angie Hofmann

Publication Date - April 2021

ISBN: 9780197543580

384 pages
Paperback
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $39.95

A comprehensive and practical scientific writing and communication resource---for life.

Description

"Writing in the Biological Sciences: A Comprehensive Guide to Scientific Communication" serves as a comprehensive "one-stop" reference guide to scientific writing and communication for budding professionals in the life sciences and related fields. The book is designed to function both as a free-standing textbook for a course on writing in the sciences and as an accompanying text or reference guide in courses with writing-intensive components. It covers all the basics of scientific communication that students need to know and master for successful scientific careers. The book lays the foundation for professional writing by starting with basic scientific writing principles and then by applying these principles to lab reports, summaries, and critiques and eventually also to full-fledged scientific research articles, review articles, and grant proposals. Practical advice for organizing academic presentations and posters as well as for putting together job applications is also included.

New to this Edition

  • Enhanced e-book with new end of chapter interactive exercises
  • Instructor video guide offers curate content and saves professors time from having to find videos themselves
  • Updated chapter on oral presentations which includes new information on virtual presentations
  • New information on Google docs, sheets, and slides to inform about file sharing and options to work on the same document simultaneously
  • New sections on "media literacy" and scientific versus science writing
  • Updated section on "media literacy" to guide students and others in evaluating and verifying good versus bad sources
  • Split out of Chapter 4 (Literature) into two chapters: one chapter on how to cite references (plus citation guides) and another on how to find references and avoid plagiarism chapter from reference one

Features

  • Enhanced e-book with new end of chapter interactive exercises
  • Instructor video guide offers curate content and saves professors time from having to find videos themselves
  • Updated chapter on oral presentations which includes new information on virtual presentations
  • New information on Google docs, sheets, and slides to inform about file sharing and options to work on the same document simultaneously
  • New sections on "media literacy" and scientific versus science writing
  • Updated section on "media literacy" to guide students and others in evaluating and verifying good versus bad sources
  • Split out of Chapter 4 (Literature) into two chapters: one chapter on how to cite references (plus citation guides) and another on how to find references and avoid plagiarism chapter from reference one

About the Author(s)

Angelika Hofmann is Instructor for Scientific Writing and Communication at Yale University.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Science and Scientific Communication
    Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Scientific Writing---Style
    Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Scientific Writing---Composition
    Chapter 4: Basics of Statistical Analysis
    Chapter 5: Notebooks, Data, Figures, and Tables
    Chapter 6: Literature Sources
    Chapter 7: Literature Citations and Plagiarism
    Chapter 8: Laboratory Reports and Research Papers
    Chapter 9: Revising and Editing
    Chapter 10: Sample Reports
    Chapter 11: Reading, Summarizing, and Critiquing a Scientific Research Article
    Chapter 12: Term Papers and Review Articles
    Chapter 13: Note Taking and Essay Exams
    Chapter 14: Oral Presentations
    Chapter 15: Posters
    Chapter 16: Research Proposals
    Chapter 17: Job Applications
    Appendix A: Commonly Confusd and Misused Words
    Appendix B: Microsoft Word Basics and Top 20 Word Tips
    Appendix C: Microsoft Excel Basics and Top 20 Excel Tips
    Appendix D: Microsoft PowerPoint Basics and Top 20 PowerPoint Tips
    Appendix E: Microsoft Office Cheat Sheet

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