Biology: Lab Reports

Reading (and Writing) Journal Articles

Journal articles are written in a specialized style. When you understand the structure, you'll be able to quickly skim articles to determine which are worth your time to read.  There are a couple of good, short tutorials about journal articles.

Journal articles are generally organized in the IMRaD format: introduction, methods and materials, results, and discussion.  The following resources will help you get the most out of your journal reading and paper writing time.

Research for Lab Papers

Sometimes the best sources for a lab-related paper aren't the most obvious.  The Databases for Research listed in the Get Started tab will certainly help, but you may need classic articles from older journal issues to explain your results, or you may need to look in unexpected places to find the most relevant current information.

CSE (Council of Science Editors) citation style