Writing for scientific purposes can be challenging and usually requires both discipline-specific study and lots of practice. Here you will find suggestions for how to read and review primary literature, models of scientific writing particular to different assignment you might encounter in course work, and explanations of several conventions of scientific writing.
Introductory Lab Report Writing
One page detailed guide to the sections needed in a common lab report
Check list of the information needed in a common lab reportGreat to use while writing or right before handing in a report to make sure you have completed each necessary section.
Examples of common language mistakes seen in lab reports:Â Common MistakesÂ andÂ Answers to Common MistakesÂ .
If you are still having trouble writing a lab report checkout our slideshow tutorial on writing and revising lab reports commonly assigned in Bio 1107 & 1108: Writing and Revising Lab ReportsÂ .
Reading & Writing for the W Course
Strategy on how to tackle reading primary research articles assigned for critique or review papers in upper level biology courses:Â Practical Guide to Reading the Primary Literature in Biology.
Guide to identification of the informative versus persuasive aspects of primary biology literature. This handout can help guide reading of the primary literature : The “Say/Does” Approach to Reading Primary Literature.
How to construct the overall format of a successful W paper, based on advice from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor Carl Schlichting: Â The Hourglass Approach to Writing a Paper
General advice for writing in Bio 244/245W from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor Carl Schlichting.
Examples of the type of language to use when write a scientific critique and how to effectively summarize a research study:Â Model of Short Paper Summary
Checklist for revising a scientific essay.
Writing a Scientific Research Proposal
Detailed guide to the organization and sections of a research proposal (designed for PLSC 4215): Research ProposalWriting.
Great to use while writing or right before handing in a proposal to make sure you have completed each necessary section: Research Proposal Checklist
Systematic Kinesiology Review
Great to use while writing or right before handing in a review to make sure you have completed each necessary section (designed for EKIN 5507): Systematic Review Checklist
The Hamilton College writing center has many useful tips and guidelines for writing different style essays
LabWrite is a step-by-step guide to the entire laboratory process
The Purdue Online Writing Lab has fully searchable MLA and APA format guidelines
Check out the Writing Center locations in Austin and the Library for great books on writing in the sciences such as:
Jan Pechenik’s “Writing in Biology” (2006). A resource on writing in biology that covers all aspects of writing, commonly encountered by undergraduates.
Victoria McMillan’s “Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences” (2006). Excellent resource, full of practical tips and advice for undergraduate science writers.