Before you begin your first writing assignment, please consult all of the following resources, in order to gain the most benefit from the experience.For Biosciences majors the general guidelines apply to future course work, as can be seen by examining the guidelines for the advanced experimental sciences research paper (Bioc 311).Continue to be concise, using figures and tables, if appropriate, to present results most effectively. The purpose of a results section is to present and illustrate your findings.
Specific editorial requirements for submission of a manuscript will always supercede instructions in these general guidelines.Your introductions should not exceed two pages (double spaced, typed). The purpose of an introduction is to aquaint the reader with the rationale behind the work, with the intention of defending it.It places your work in a theoretical context, and enables the reader to understand and appreciate your objectives.Written and oral communications skills are probably the most universal qualities sought by graduate and professional schools as well as by employers.You alone are responsible for developing such skills to a high level.Our research papers are not typical "lab reports." In a teaching lab a lab report might be nothing more than answers to a set of questions.Such an assignment hardly represents the kind of writing you might be doing in your eventual career.To this end, many journals require the following sections, submitted in the order listed, each section to start on a new page. Some journals call for a combined results and discussion, for example, or include materials and methods after the body of the paper.The well known journal does away with separate sections altogether, except for the abstract."Biology lab #1" would not be an informative title, for example. In a minute or less a reader can learn the rationale behind the study, general approach to the problem, pertinent results, and important conclusions or new questions.Write your summary after the rest of the paper is completed.