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Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences 5th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0312649711
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'The text is accessible to beginning students and will serve as a reference throughout their academic careers.' - Timothy Henkel, Valdasta State University, USA

About the Author

Victoria E. McMillan (PhD, Syracuse University) taught 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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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 5 edition (December 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312649711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312649715
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on April 24, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
I expected this book, Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, to be another of those dull, detail obsessed books on someone or another's interpretation of various style manuals for writing - Chicago, APA, and so on.

It's better than that.

This slim book is easy to read, discusses various types of writing in addition to oral and poster presentations, and discusses organizing data, using literature, and more.

The spiral bound format makes it easy to keep next to your keyboard as you are typing and working on a particular reference format.

I appreciate this contribution to student success. This was a text for my students this semester, and it was easy to keep referring to it for style issues.
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This is a great book for anyone who needs to do scientific writing--whether biology majors or not--because the principles here apply to a wide range of subjecs. It covers everything from lab reports to review articles, journal articles, CVs, presentation letters, and presentations. I teach science writing, and I find this to be an excellent resource. It also includes some very useful checklists!
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This McMillian's current publication contains some of the most usable reference in writing scientific papers. Much of the book reflects examples of different formats and proper citations on a paper. It is highly recommended to anyone.
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As an aspiring ecologist, I have to write countless lab reports. This book was a required purchase for a botany class and it is THE book on scientific papers. I wish I had come across this thing years ago.
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This little book is very helpful when writing lab reports and will serve me well for years to come in all of my science classes.
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This is a decent walk-through for research paper writing. It is pretty descriptive but by no means all encompassing. There are many additional appropriate citation formats (indeed some are only different in minor details) for research than what is demonstrated in this book. Alternative citation formats are given but not highlighted via the design of this manual. I referenced it and ended up seeking answers online anyway.
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This book is excellent for students starting to write in the sciences, it explains the rationale behind each type of scientific writing. It is a bit shallow for graduate students.
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This is book is a good guide for writing undergraduate research papers and formal lab reports. Not sure if it would be helpful for any grad level writing but I thought it was excellent for undergrad.
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