Writing Tips #26

: RESULTS

 

  • —  This is where you present the results you’ve gotten. Use graphs and tables if appropriate, but also summarize your main findings in the text. Do NOT discuss the results or speculate as to why something happened; t hat goes in th e Discussion.
  • —  You don’t necessarily have to include all the data you’ve gotten during the semester. This isn’t a diary.
  • —  Use appropriate methods of showing data. Don’t try to manipulate the data to make it look like you did more than you actually did.
Reporting your results—be honest and report what you’ve seen or received. Avoid trying to report the correct thing but do the right thing instead. If the result is negative then say so; the flaw might lead you to a greater discovery.
Converted data vs. Raw data 
  • Converted data are presented in graphs or tables
  • Raw data are not usually included in the results.
Use an appropriate number of decimal places—reflect the degree of precision
Graphs/diagrams/charts are figures. Numbered consecutively.
Do not draw conclusions in the results section. Reserve data interpretation for the discussion.

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