About Writing for Biology
Writing for scientific purposes can be challenging and usually requires both discipline-specific study and lots of practice. Scientific writing frames a problem in the context of current work in the field and explicates the author(s)' research using a format that is easy to skim for major finding and conclusions.
Writing assignments are designed to help you learn to think critically about specific scientific issues that you encounter as a citizen in your day-to-day life; to help you draw conclusions from multiple sources and clarify information about some of the current controversies and unresolved issues in a specific field; and to help you develop written communication abilities that you can use as you pursue your post-graduate career or further study.
- Materials and Methods
- Literature cited
Flow of Scientific Information
Writing a paper for Biology or any other science requires research using a variety of sources, The chart below presents the different types of literature a student researcher would read before beginning to write a paper. Student researchers in Science read primary, secondary, and tertiary literature on the topic of interest.
Originally created by Jim Parrott.
Adapted by Julie Kent & Betty Mosher, COTR, 2014