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					Writing a Research Paper in
                    Biology
Choosing a topic

It should :
   be interesting to you
   Not so brad that it is unmanageable
   Not so narrow that you can’t find enough
   information on it
   Not so difficult you can’t understand it.
Deciding on a title

 Should be specific and informative
 Should be concise
 Cut any words that do not serve an
 important function in describing the
 contents
Working with literature
 Use peer reviewed paper in order to better
 support what you are writing about.
 Research papers in scientific journals,
 conference proceedings are good resources.
 Start research with scientific encyclopedia,
 textbooks, lab manuals, and articles in
 magazines for lay readers in order to familiarize
 yourself with the topic.
 If articles are not available at school request
 interlibrary loans
Presenting your material

 Sketch out a rough plan or make and outline.
 Include an Abstract, if appropriate. An abstract is
 just a summary on the main focus of your paper.
 Introduce the subject, explain your rationale, and
 state your central question, objectives, or thesis.
 Build a focused discussion
 Document your paper thoroughly
 Use quoted material sparingly
 End with general conclusions
Checklist for papers
 Title
 -is your title specific and informative?
 -Does it contain relevant keywords?
 Abstract
 -Does your abstract state the aims and scope of your
 paper?
 -Does it summarize major research on your topic?
 -is your Abstract concise?
 Introduction
 -Does your introduction present the scientific issue and
 give a rationale for your review?
 -Do you state the paper’s central question or objectives?
Body of the paper
-Do you synthesize and interpret the literature, rather than merely
summarize?
-Are your paragraphs will organized, developing main points by means of
details and specific examples?
-Do you rely on your own wording, using quotations rarely if at all?
-Have you cited all important sources?
Conclusion
-Is your conclusion section mare than just a summary?
-Do you discuss controversies in literature, the need for new research, and
broader implications of your topic?
Acknowledgments
-Have you thanked all those who helped with the research or writing of the
paper?
References/Literature Cited
-Are all sources cited in the paper also listed in your references?
-Does your references section contain any sources not cited in the paper?
References

 Mcmillan V. E.(2006) Writing Papers in the
 Biological Sciences. 4th ed. New York:
 Bedford/St.Martin’s.

				
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