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A Guide to Writing
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An Introduction to Writing in Biology
This section includes some general information about how to approach writing in Biology.
Your Biology classes will give you knowledge of facts and the scientific training to read and understand topics in Biology. The goal of this writing guide is to help you to write and communicate those facts and ideas, once you understand them clearly.
Scientific writing is clear, concise, and disciplined. Good English is essential, since you must get your point across in few words.
If English is not your first language, you may find it useful to have your writing proofread by a native speaker of English. The Writing Center also provides English as a Second Language assistance.
Students in General Ecology should know that this course is the Biology Department's writing-intensive course. Therefore, the scientific accuracy of your writing AND the quality of your writing are under scrutiny. This means Lab Instructors are grading your writing accordingly, and you should pay attention to: what you want to write (content), how you want to present it (organization), and how you will write it (style). This applies to short answers on homework questions as well as the scientific paper.
|An introduction to writing in Biology|
|Practical tips for scientific writing|
|Professors' perspectives on student writing|
|Specific Information for Writing Assignments|
|Short answers for tests|
|Summary of a scientific article|
|The poster session|
|Writing a scientific paper|
|General Ecology||The Writing Center|