LabReports06 - Writing lab reports for success Dave Shutler...

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Dave Shutler © 2010 Minimal instructions The worst sin in science is to falsify data or lie about methods. Find a Canadian Journal of Zoology (CJZ) article (on anything you find interesting) from 2000 or later that contains both a figure and a table; PHOTOCOPY IT (or download a .pdf version by going to the Vaughn Library website). READ THE CJZ PAPER, see how it is laid out and organised, see how concisely the authors phrase things. REFER TO THE REPRINT WHEN YOU WRITE YOUR ASSIGNMENT. SUBMIT THIS PAPER with your first (and only with the first) lab report. All lab reports must be submitted as hard copies AND sent to me as email attachments. Include page numbers. Use a ragged right margin rather than a fixed one. Use 12-point Times New Roman font. Use two blank spaces after periods or full colons, and one blank space after a comma or semi-colon. Avoid fancy formats (such as underlining and bold). Use “et al.” in the text for more than 2 authors (but list ALL authors in the “References” section). Commas are NOT used within citations, semicolons separate citations: (Student et al. 1995; Student and Teacher 1998; Teacher et al. 1999). In the text, citations are listed chronologically; in the “References” section, alphabetically (chronologically within an author). I approve of ecological use of paper; you can submit your assignment on unused, clean sides of photocopies. DO NOT SUBMIT A TITLE PAGE, but provide a title and author at the top of the first page. Do not start separate sections of your assignment on new pages. Your assignment should be in “submission format” for the journal (see below); it must be double-spaced and typed. Websites are NOT acceptable sources of information because they are not peer-reviewed (e.g., Schetters 2001, 2002). However, CJZ articles you download from the Library websites are legitimate peer-reviewed articles. Know the difference between plagiarism, quoting, and paraphrasing. DO NOT USE QUOTES; only paraphrase. You cannot cite a paper UNLESS YOU HAVE READ IT. If you are connected to the Acadia web, the Oxford English Dictionary (2005) is online. Use past tense. The first and only the first time you use a common name for an organism in any scientific paper, you are required to provide the Latin binomial (unless you cite an appendix you have created for this purpose). Common names of species (unless they contain a proper noun, e.g., Ganges dolphin, Platanista gangetica ) are not capitalised. With the exception of exercises where you design a lab (in which case emphasis will be on Introduction and Methods), your report need only have 1-2 sentences in the Introduction, and 1- 2 sentences in the Methods and Materials (unless major changes were made to procedures). The emphasis for other reports is on Results and Discussion. 1
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2010 for the course BIOL 3143 taught by Professor Daveshutler during the Winter '10 term at Acadia.

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