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Science - Biology 1 - Lab Reports Library Support: How to Write a Scientific Report?

Library Resources in support to Biology 1

How to write a Scientific Report

How to Write a Scientific Report : Video

Getting Started with Your Practical Report

Practical Report 1: Theme - How to write a Scientific Report:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results (containing figures, graphs, tables, no calculations)
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

Writing your Practical Report  - Library support

Introduction (5)

  • Background about the experiment.
  • See each practical for more detail about this section.
  • This information comes from a REFERENCE such as textbook, library book or journal article!

References (5)

What is referencing? It is a way to demonstrate that you have extended your learning.

Two reasons for referencing:

  • To let the reader know whose ideas you are using
  • To enable your reader to check your information
  • Proper references must be given and must be cited in text. Use numbers (in text) and then list them in the order of appearance OR use surnames (in text) and list in alphabetical order.
  • At least 3 references must be used (may include the current text book) and NO internet references.

Lab Report Support: Engage in Research

The Scientific Method

JoVE Video: The Scientific Method (Student Protocol)

The scientific method is a detailed, empirical, problem-solving process leveraged by biologists and scientists of other disciplines. This iterative approach involves formulating a question based on observation, developing a testable potential explanation for the observation (called a hypothesis), making and testing predictions based on the hypothesis, and using the findings to create new hypotheses and predictions.