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Making Sense in the Life Sciences

A Student's Guide to Research and Writing

by (author) Margot Northey & Patrick von Aderkas

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2010
Composition & Creative Writing
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2010
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2018
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The newest book in the best-selling Making Sense series, Making Sense in the Life Sciences is an indispensable guide for students in any area of the life sciences - including biology, biochemistry, health sciences, pharmacology, and zoology. Designed specifically for students in the life
sciences, this book outlines general principles of style, grammar, and usage, while covering such topics as writing essays and lab reports, conducting research, evaluating Internet sources, using electronic journal databases, documenting sources, and preparing resumes and application letters.
Maintaining the clear, straightforward style of the other books in the series, Making Sense in the Life Sciences is an invaluable resource for students throughout their academic careers and beyond.

About the authors

MARGOT NORTHEY is a member of the faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies and English at Erindale College, University of Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

"Well written, succinct, and appealing to students."

--Kathreen Ruckstuhl, University of Calgary

"Making Sense in the Life Sciences focuses considerably on the writing process and the mechanics of writing itself. The assortment of writing tips and 'common pitfalls to avoid' complement the main text and hit upon many of the problems I observe in students' writing. Furthermore, entire
chapters devoted to grammar, punctuation, and 'writing with style' are novel elements in a science writing guide and would be a useful resource for such students. Finally, the Canadian references and examples are refreshing, a change that would appeal to the Canadian audience.

--G.B. Bourne, University of Calgary

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