Being a scientist : tools for science students / Michael H. Schmidt.  (Text) (Text)

Schmidt, Michael H, 1962-
Call no.: Q160.2 .S26 2020Publication: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2020Description: xix, 298 p. : illISBN: 9781487588441 (paper) ; 1487588445 (paper); 9781487588458 (cloth); 1487588453 (cloth) Subject(s): ScienceScientific literatureCommunication in scienceTechnical writingLOC classification: Q160.2 | .S26 2020
Contents:Part I: Thinking, and Behaving, Like a Good Scientist -- 1. What Does It Mean to Be a Scientist? -- 2. What Should We Do, and Why? The Questions of Ethics -- Part II: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants -- 3. The Scientific Literature: An Overview of the Terrain, and a Brief Hike In -- 4. Scientific Journals, Past and Present -- 5. Abstracts Collections and Databases -- 6. Using Cited References: Backward and Forward -- 7. Reading a Scientific Paper -- 8. Peer Review -- Part III: Planning, Documenting, and Presenting Science -- 9. Starting Research: A Different "What Should We Do?" Question -- 10. Refining Research Ideas and Writing a Proposal -- 11. The Laboratory Notebook -- 12. Scientific Writing: Grammar and Style -- 13. Assembling and Writing a Scientific Paper -- 14. Oral and Poster Presentations -- 15. Closing Thoughts.
Summary: "Being a Scientist is a comprehensive introduction to the many aspects of scientific life beyond the classroom and laboratory. Written with undergraduate science majors in mind, the book covers the scientific method, ethics, library research, reading, peer review, creativity, proposal and paper writing, and oral and poster presentations. In contrast to other texts in the field, which often take a simple prescriptive approach to these topics, Being a Scientist connects them to the historical and philosophical roots of modern science, as well as the common experiences of all people. Written in a conversational style, the book makes use of metaphor, historical anecdote and hypothetical research about everyday household questions. This approach helps undergraduates learn basic research skills without being too intimidated by the advanced concepts, vocabulary, and methods which are encountered in looking at the current scientific literature. Being a Scientist was written as a textbook for a semester-long course that was devoted to teaching research and communication skills to undergraduate science majors, but it can be adapted for use in summer research experiences, capstone research courses, and other courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum."--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part I: Thinking, and Behaving, Like a Good Scientist -- 1. What Does It Mean to Be a Scientist? -- 2. What Should We Do, and Why? The Questions of Ethics -- Part II: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants -- 3. The Scientific Literature: An Overview of the Terrain, and a Brief Hike In -- 4. Scientific Journals, Past and Present -- 5. Abstracts Collections and Databases -- 6. Using Cited References: Backward and Forward -- 7. Reading a Scientific Paper -- 8. Peer Review -- Part III: Planning, Documenting, and Presenting Science -- 9. Starting Research: A Different "What Should We Do?" Question -- 10. Refining Research Ideas and Writing a Proposal -- 11. The Laboratory Notebook -- 12. Scientific Writing: Grammar and Style -- 13. Assembling and Writing a Scientific Paper -- 14. Oral and Poster Presentations -- 15. Closing Thoughts.

"Being a Scientist is a comprehensive introduction to the many aspects of scientific life beyond the classroom and laboratory. Written with undergraduate science majors in mind, the book covers the scientific method, ethics, library research, reading, peer review, creativity, proposal and paper writing, and oral and poster presentations. In contrast to other texts in the field, which often take a simple prescriptive approach to these topics, Being a Scientist connects them to the historical and philosophical roots of modern science, as well as the common experiences of all people. Written in a conversational style, the book makes use of metaphor, historical anecdote and hypothetical research about everyday household questions. This approach helps undergraduates learn basic research skills without being too intimidated by the advanced concepts, vocabulary, and methods which are encountered in looking at the current scientific literature. Being a Scientist was written as a textbook for a semester-long course that was devoted to teaching research and communication skills to undergraduate science majors, but it can be adapted for use in summer research experiences, capstone research courses, and other courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum."--

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