MIT7_13f08_assn01_Intro

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MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu 7.13 Experimental Microbial Genetics Fall 2008 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms .
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Writing a Primary Research Report (a scientific paper)
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Components of a Scientific Paper Title Authors Authors’ affiliations Abstract (Keywords) *Introduction *Material and Methods *Results *Discussion Acknowledgments References *IMRAD = Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion
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The next section you write will be the Introduction 2-3 pages double-spaced title references
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Purpose of the Introduction • Establish your credibility as an author • Provide background and context • State scientific problem • Give a sneak preview: the basic outcome of experiments
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In other words… • What should you include? How much detail should you go into? • How should you begin?
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your Audience • What background knowledge can you assume? • What do you need to explain and in how
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