Doing Science : Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Research: Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Research

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Oxford University Press, USA, Dec 11, 2000 - Medical - 304 pages
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Doing Science offers a rare compendium of practical advice based on how working scientists practice their craft. It covers each stage of research, from formulating questions and gathering data to developing experiments and analyzing results and finally to the many ways for presenting results. Drawing on his extensive experience both as a researcher and a research mentor, Ivan Valiela has written a lively and concise survey of everything a beginning scientist needs to know to succeed in the field. He includes chapters on scientific data, statistical methods, and experimental designs, and much of the book is devoted to presenting final results. He gives valuable suggestions for improving scientific writing, for preparing scientific talks, and devotes three chapters to hands-on advice for presenting data in charts, tables, and graphs. Anyone beginning a scientific career, or anyone who advises students in research, will find Doing Science an invaluable source of advice.
 

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Contents

1 Obtaining Scientific Information
3
2 Elements of Scientific Data and Tests of Questions
29
3 Statistical Analyses
49
4 Principles of Research Design
79
Writing
99
6 The Scientific Paper
127
7 Other Means of Scientific Communication
147
8 Presenting Data in Tables
171
9 Presenting Data in Figures
183
10 Case Studies of Graphical Data Presentation
219
11 Perceptions and Criticisms of Science
255
Index
285
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