Tips for writing the Results section


  1. Read the sections in Chapter 15 relating to writing the Results section
  2. The checklist for the Results section in Appendix A is very thorough. Preview it before you write your first draft. Then, check your next-to-final draft against it.
  3. In your Results section, your job is to make it so the reader can answer these four questions:
    1. How did you convert participants’ behaviors into scores?
    2. What statistical tests did you perform?
    3. Why did you perform those tests?
    4. Did your results support the hypothesis?
  4. Before you write, you need to be able to answer these four questions.  After you write a draft, have some unfamiliar with your research read your section and see if they can answer these questions. Anyone reading your Results section should be able to answer the fourth question: Did your results support the hypothesis?
  5. Interpret your results in terms of whether they support the hypothesis. However, do not use the Results section to talk about your study’s weaknesses: Save that discussion for the Discussion section.
  6. Try this "Writing Results" tutorial.


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