Formal Lab Report Guidelines.pdf - 1 Formal Lab Report Guidelines Part of the emphasis in the BIOL 2020 lab component is the development of your

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1 Formal Lab Report Guidelines: Part of the emphasis in the BIOL 2020 lab component is the development of your scientific writing skills. The following pages outline what is expected in each of the various components of a scientific paper. In general, all stylistic and formatting guidelines presented here are from the Council of Science Editors Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers on Scientific Style and Format ( i.e. this is called CSE formatting ). The 8 th edition of this text was published in 2014 and is considered by many to be the most recognized, authoritative reference for authors in all areas of science. The authority on scientific writing! Knisely, Karin. 2017. A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology, 5 th ed. This text summarizes the formatting rules from the CSE manual on the left, and is an EXCELLENT resource! The information I have included below is consistent with this text. All of the 2 nd year Biology classes at Dal use this Knisely text for formatting guidelines. Title Page Should Include: Your name No Banner number (this # should be a secret… the TAs and I know you by your name, not your B00#) Your lab section Name of your lab partner(s) The word count for your paper Note! Title page is optional. If you choose to omit a cover page, the trees and I will find this to be agreeable, but please include the above information on the first page of your report. Title Specifically indicate what you investigated. Do not be vague. Refer to the methodology that was used. Abstract Should function as a one paragraph summary of your work. For BIOL 2020, please single space the abstract! (You do this in order to make the abstract stand out from the other sections) You can put the Abstract all by itself on the first page if you like, but it is not mandatory. No need to include references, as it is summarizing YOUR work. Do not mention specific figures in the abstract.
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2 Usually easiest to write the abstract last. Once you have finished all the other parts of the report, go back and summarize each part in one or two sentences, then put those sentences together and make sure they flow nicely, and that will likely be a perfect abstract. The sentences should cover: o introduction to the topic o the purpose of the lab o the methods used o the major findings (one sentence for each result) o the conclusion drawn from your study Introduction Two general functions: 1. Present background information from the literature to provide a rationale for your current study 2. Present objectives of the current work Generally, the introduction flows well if you structure it this way: Background information relevant to your study - Describe what is already known about the topic - Must come from outside sources, such as scientific journals (not the lab manual) § It’s okay to use the occasional review article, but focus on primary sources - All sources must be correctly referenced.
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