Sunday, August 9, 2015

New Book Display Recommendation: A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest this week is:
A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology by Karin Knisely.
Call number: 808.06657 KNI 2013

Some extracts from the publisher's website state:

This book provides practical advice to students who are learning to write according to the conventions in biology. 

Scientific communication requires more than excellent writing skills—it requires technical competence on the computer. Most first-year students have had little experience producing Greek letters and mathematical symbols, sub- and superscripted characters, graphs, tables, drawings, and equations. Yet these are characteristics of scientific papers that require a familiarity with the computer beyond basic keyboarding skills. For exactly this reason, almost half of the book is devoted to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint features that enable scientists to produce professional quality papers, graphs, posters, and oral presentations effectively and efficiently. 

After browsing through the title, this book has many writing suggestions that our undergraduates, honours and post graduate students might find useful for a variety of science and animal studies related disciplines- including useful software related tips.

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