AA-2108 Lab Report Guidelines

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2108 Lab Report Guidelines Aaron Alcala
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Lab Report Overview 2 Title : Short, succinct , and should identify the central problem or question Abstract : Concise summary of why the research was done, how it was done, and why the results are significant. Other scientists will read the Abstract to determine if the research is relevant to their own interests. Introduction : Why is the research interesting? Why did you do the experiment? What background is necessary to understand the experiment(s)? Methods : How you did what you did --nothing more. Results : What the data show you--nothing more. Discussion : Why the data show what they show, and how your analysis relates back to your objectives from the Introduction. References : Establishes authenticity of report and gives credit to background information and ideas.
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Writing Suggestions for Plant Hormones Report Do not include a title page or table of contents for this lab report Title Less than 1 sentence Abstract 1 paragraph Introduction 2-3 paragraphs (must have in-text citations) Methods 1-2 paragraphs Results Include brief DESCRIPTIONS for each table and figure (short paragraphs). You must have at least one table . Discussion 2-3 paragraphs References 1 separate page 3
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What is the purpose of a lab report? 4 Efficiently communicate experimental findings with fellow researchers and explain the significance of the results. Overall, your paper should reflect the answer to the hypothesis being tested. Lab reports have a similar structure to scientific research articles.
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5 “Papers must aim to inform, not impress. They must be highly readable that is, clear, accurate, and concise. They are more likely to be cited by other scientists if they are helpful rather than cryptic or self- centered.” Doumont, J., ed. English Communication for Scientists. Cambridge, MA: NPG Education, 2010. http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/scientific-papers-13815490
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Effective Communication Know Your Audience 6 Who are you writing this lab report for? Scientific papers are written for other scientists . Other scientists must gain enough knowledge from your paper to understand the significance of your experiment. Overall, your paper should reflect the answer to the hypothesis being tested.
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Lab Report Overview 7 Title Abstract Introduction Methods Results Discussion/ Conclusion References
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Order of Sections (when you submit the lab report) 8 Title Abstract Introduction Methods Results Discussion/ Conclusion References Recommended Order of Writing 1. Methods 2. Introduction 3. Results 4. Discussion 5. Abstract
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