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Science Writing: NST 194: Start

for NST

Biology Writing

Welcome!  Use this guide to search for books, ebooks, articles, proceedings, patents, properties, news, and tools. Current UCB faculty, students, staff and patrons in the library have access to licensed resources. Use Bioscience Top Ten List or "Where do I start?" for more tools. Contact us if you have difficulty finding or accessing library resources. Use Recommend a title for purchases. Visit the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library web site for more resources.

Types of Writing in Science

Grant Applications
Laboratory Notebooks
Laboratory Reports
Oral Presentations
Peer review for grant applications
Peer review for manuscripts
Progress reports
Research Articles
Review Articles
Scientific Posters

Roldan, L. and Pardue, "Writing in Biology, a brief guide" Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Sample Search

  • Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement.
    Example: What is peanut butter?
     
  • List the main concepts:
    peanuts, history, nutrition, global food systems, worldwide consumerism, agricultural industries, business resources, alternative systems, government regulation, labeling, news.
     
  • List Key words, phrases, synonyms, alternative terms and spelling - be creative:
    peanut history, peanut butter recipes, cultural history, books, ebooks, articles, conference proceedings, news, statistics and production, brand names; Jiffy, Peter Pan; "peanut butter and jelly"; advertising jingles.
     
  • Remember to include other collections and disciplines:
    Bioscience
    Business
    Chemistry
    Neuroscience
    Psychology
    Environmental Design
    Public Policy
    Public Health
     
  • Review which databases you will use:
    Web of Science, PubMed, Biosis Previews, others that may be specific to your topic.
     
  • Sample searches:
    peanut butter and allergies
    nuts and stress

Getting started

Library Research Workshop 101
An online tutorial providing an introduction to library and research skills at the UC Libraries, including:

  • Understanding an assignment
  • Choosing a topic
  • Developing search terms (keywords)
  • Choosing sources

The Research Process tab of this guide contains more help and tips on doing research.

A Student's Guide to Writing in the Biological Sciences

A Student's Guide to Writing in the Biological Sciences / Dr. Robert Lue et. al. Harvard University. Online guide.

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