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Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences [Spiral-bound]

Victoria E. McMillan
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March 17, 2006 0312440839 978-0312440831 4th
Written by a professional biologist who is also an experienced writing teacher, this comprehensive guide for students writing in biology, zoology, and botany provides detailed instruction on researching, drafting, revising, and documenting papers, reviews, and other forms of writing.

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VICTORIA E. MCMILLAN (Ph.D., Syracuse University) teaches in the interdisciplinary writing department, the biology department, and the women's studies program at Colgate University. A behavioral ecologist who has published a number of scholarly and popular articles on animal behavior, McMillan is currently focusing her research activities on reproductive strategies in insects, dragonflies in particular.

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  • Spiral-bound: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 4th edition (March 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312440839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312440831
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to writing as a biologist May 23, 2000
Our biology department adopted this book as the writing guide for our biology majors a couple of years ago. It includes information about how to seek for and use biological literature, how to present data (including graphs and figures) in the context of scientific writing, and it has a great section on writing research papers. There are ample examples in the book that students can use as models.
The author presents information on framing the paper, and how to use drafts in order to produce a good product. There is also a section that addresses other kinds of writing skills used by biologists -- oral presentations, poster development, writing research proposals, and letters of application.
We encourage students to use this book in all of their courses. It is a required support text for Principles of Biology I and II, and for our junior level Orientation to Research course.
I appreciate the fact that the book is spiral bound. That makes it possible for you to have the book open by other things you are working on without it flipping shut all the time, like it would if it had a regular binding.
This book with less than 200 pp. works well for us and our students. I think it could work well for you, too.
Alan Holyoak, Coordinator of Biological Research, Manchester College, IN
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Useful August 4, 1998
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Both college students and professors will find this book very useful as a beginning guide to preparing written and oral reports. Every biology student should own this informative, easy-to-use book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Papers November 14, 2001
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Used it for scientific research papers in college. Great reference, easy to understand, plenty of examples.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Guide March 21, 2009
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This is a good guide to write papers. It is a little hard to follow but I do recommend this book. This guide was recommended to by my Marine Ecology professor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product! November 19, 2013
By Caleb
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I bought this book as a required item for the class. It turns out that I didnt even need it. However, I did look through and it give very useful information on how to structure my scientific papers. Good read
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