Guidelines: Research Skills

Guidelines: Scientific Process

A flow chart of the steps used in scientific inquiry with a concrete example of one complete inquiry.

Glossary: Scientific Process

All the ‘jargon’ used in the scientific process, including those involved with hypothesis testing, experimental design, figures, and statistics.

Guidelines: Library Search

Simple set of steps to take to do an electronic search for literature for your project.

Guidelines: How to Read a Graph

A beginner’s primer: 3 basic steps to follow in learning to describe and interpret scientific graphs.

Making Figures and Doing Statistics in Excel 2016

A step-by-step guide for how to make a figure and complete a statistical analysis using Excel 2016 for Mac.

Guidelines: Basic Statistics

Includes explanation and formula for use in descriptive statistics (mean, standard deviation, range) and these analytical statistics: t-text, Chi-square (contingency test), correlation, regression, ANOVA.

How to Choose Among Statistical Tests

    Criteria to use in selecting the statistical test appropriate for your experimental design.

Statistical Test Flow Diagram

    A hierarchical flow diagram to use in selecting the appropriate statistical test to use.
Guidelines: Writing an Abstract

Hints to use in writing an abstract, including its six basic components; an example is given.

Guidelines: Writing a Scientific Manuscript

Detailed instructions on how to write Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion, and format to use for Literature Cited of a scientific manuscript. When beginning to write an entire paper, start here to see all the steps and details to follow.

Guidelines: A Sample Manuscript - Word Document

A complete manuscript is here, together with pointers highlighted at the side of many parts.

Guidelines: Oral Presentation

Hints on how to create and deliver a successful 15-minute oral presentation.

Guidelines: Leading a Formal Discussion

Guidance for how to lead the discussion of a scientific paper.

Guidelines: Making a Poster

A detailed guideline for making a poster- including tips on design and formatting and tips for clearer content.

Poster Template - PDF Document

A simple visual template for making a poster - with directions and tips for each component.