Writing an Eff ective Results Section

The results section of our paper ought to be the easiest section to write, and actually this often turns out to be the case, especially if we have been true to the purpose of our study and have rigorously tested our research hypothesis.

The results section of the paper should also be the most objective section. It presents the unadorned data with a minimum amount of explanation. This allows the reader to form their own judgments about the meaning of the results. Certainly, if our study is exploratory, rather than challenging a dichotomous hypothesis, a modicum of interpretation may be useful to keep the reader on track. However, to the greatest extent possible, explanations and interpretations should be kept for the discussion section.


Result Section Research Hypothesis Experimental Failure Introductory Statement Passive Voice 
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