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A Recipe for Success: How to Write an APA-style Method Section
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Reading Please read pages 29-32 (2.06) before attempting to write the Methods section.
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Purpose of the Method Sections Provide information necessary to replicate the study. Provide information necessary to evaluate the validity of the results and the soundness of the conclusions.
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Parts of the Method Section Participants Materials [sometimes called Apparatus, Measures, or Equipment] Procedure
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Things to note before you begin Do not start the Methods section on a new page. Just continue on the same page as the Introduction section. Unless you start at the bottom of the page and “Method” is the only thing on that particular page. The word “Method” is centered and boldfaced. Subheadings are left-aligned and boldfaced.
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Participants Description of sample that permits replication. Number of participants. Number of men and women. Age. Race, ethnicity, SES, as relevant. Status (for example, university students, members of the community) Means of recruitment (for example, Participant Pool, letters, brochures, public notices), including payment or reward.
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Example: Participants Subsection Participants Fifty-two undergraduate students (26 male and 26 female), ranging in age from 18 to 25 years, participated voluntarily in the experiment for
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