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Biological Sciences Writing: What is?

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 Biological writing

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.

How to read a science article

Sample Search

Research and analyze a particular medical therapy and particular adverse event.

  • Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement.
    Example: What are the adverse effects of air pollution on asthma?
  • List the main concepts.
    Example: asthma, respiratory system disease, immune system, diagnosis, Human Health problems,

  • List key words, phrases, synonyms, & alternative terms to search: - Be Creative.
    Example: air pollution, indoor air pollution, natural ventilation, asthma, breathing, air particles, threat to human health, technology, equipment, age, pediatric, gender, injury, treatment, threat to human health, technology, equipment, age
  • Remember to include other collections and disciplines:
    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:
    air pollution and asthma
    chronic lung disease

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.

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.

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