Biology Review Paper

1439 Words Dec 10th, 2007 6 Pages
Definition of a review paper

A review is a comprehensive synthesis of results from a wide and complex set of studies
A synthesis of findings rather than ideas.
Goal of a review paper is to help readers make sense of all available information
Direct quotations rarely found in reviews. Do Not Use!

Research reviews focus on primary sources

Original scientific experimentation reported in scientific journals
The quality of the review depends largely on the comprehensiveness of the literature search

Use of secondary sources--textbooks or review journals (Science, Scientific American, Discover)

Overview of material--easier to understand.
Use references for networking, authors
Get keywords
Help devise outline
…show more content…
If it is an illustration, include spanner lines
Title at bottom, left justified - Figure 1. XXXXXXXXXXX (Citation 2005).

Table of Contents
Scientific Names

Always italicized
Genus capitalized, species not
Abbreviate genus name after the first reference: Querus alba becomes Q. alba
Avoid using common names without scientific names. For example, "corn" is not the same thing in different parts of the world. Give the scientific name instead of or following the common name: The great white shark, C. carcharias, is commonly found---- or C. carcharias is commonly found----
Do not use articles (the, a, an) with scientific names
"Species" is a collective singular: There is no such word as specie. For example, "This species is specific to one locale."
Genera names can be used alone if you are referring collectively (Some species of Sargassum grow----)
Taxonomic levels above the genus level are capitalized but not italicized: the Chilopoda (centipedes), Animalia, Chordata, Osteichthyes
Some taxa have been modified to become common names, which are not capitalized: lycopsids from Lycopsida; dipterans from Diptera

Subscripts and Superscripts
Use superscripts for degree measurements, ion charges, and mathematical expressions: 36oC, Ca++ or Ca+2, C+
Use subscripts for chemical compounds: CaCl2 Fe2(SO4)3

Writing the Paper
Remember the basic outline for a review

Related Documents