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A Short Guide to Writing about Biology (8th Edition) Paperback – January 13, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0205075072 ISBN-10: 020507507X Edition: 8th
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About the Author

 Jan A. Pechenik is Professor of Biology at Tufts University, where he has been teaching and doing research since 1978. He obtained his B.A. in Zoology from Duke University and his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. To date he has published more than a hundred papers on the development and metamorphosis of marine invertebrate animals, including snails, blue mussels, crabs, barnacles, polychaetes, bryozoans, and parasitic flatworms. Professor Pechenik has also published a successful textbook on invertebrate biology, currently in its 3rd edition, and chairs the Division of Invertebrate Zoology within the Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology (formerly the American Society of Zoologists). Committed to teaching as well as research, his highly praised book on this subject, AS hort Guide to Writing About Biology, will publish in its eighth edition in January 2012.

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  • Series: Short Guide
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8th edition (January 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020507507X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205075072
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scottyknows on May 19, 2013
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This book not only got me through my Evaluation of Scientific Literature class, but it provided insight to reading and writing all types of scientific literature!
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on October 20, 2012
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This book was required for my undergraduate Biology and Chemistry courses. It is abysmal. The writing style is inappropriate for the book's purpose and instead resembles that of the young adult literature that appears on summer reading lists. The citation section claims to be a guide to the Council of Science Editors format. Long story short: it is not. I am not sure where Pechenik got her citation style from, but I can only dub it Pechenik style because it conforms to no standard I have come in contact with. Eighty percent of the students in a class failed a citation-based assignment for following the Pechenik text and (wrongly) assuming it was, as it claimed, CSE. Instead of presenting information, she dances around her point by providing marginally relevant information. For example, instead of addressing how to write figure legends, she provides a single image in an unrelated section containing an illustration and ten words under it. I am sorry I wasted my money on this text, it was more hurtful than helpful.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I liked the font and the cover is very pretty.
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By Ken Mask on February 2, 2014
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Getting to know biology has never been as straight forward and instructive as with this book. Jan Pechenik does an outstanding job of delivering the material in a precise and informative manner. Well done, well done indeed.
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I purchase this book for a class I am taking. We are a quarter of the way through the semester and we haven't open it. The reason for my rating is the fact that it was as describe and serves as a great reference.
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By Khaled Aldabek on September 19, 2013
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It's a really nice book, especially for freshmen. I encourage any freshman to read this book, you will learn a lot about scientific researches and how to deal with it.
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Excellent book about scientific writing for advanced high school and college. Formats and discussions of how to do scientific writing.
Thomas S. Harrison MD, PhD
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By Emma Yeager on August 29, 2014
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Excellent quality
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Adams on July 17, 2014
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Good book, hardly needed it for my class though. A little repetitive.
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