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Unformatted text preview: BIOL 1208 Writing Assignment 3. Name: Lab Instructor: Lab Section: General Research Question: Null and Alternative Hypotheses: Results: Specific values or data points that are important relative to your hypotheses. Major patterns or trends in the data Attach Figure or Table Discussion: What is a Results Section? With very few exceptions, every journal requires a Results section. It cannot be combined with the Discussion section. The purpose of a Results section is to present the key results of the experiment without interpreting their meaning. The trick is knowing what to include. The author should not include the raw data, but should summarize it with text and tables. The author should avoid writing out long lists of numbers - numbers and measurements should all be tabulated. For example: Regional age-dating with crater counts from ejecta blanket degradation approximated ages from regular crater counts (Table 1). The ages for each region from both methods would then appear in Table 1. The author should state the results of statistical analyses in this section, but should not describe every detail of the analysis. We assume our readers know what a null hypothesis is, a rejection rule, chi-square test, etc. Important negative results should be reported too - though not interpreted. What is a Discussion Section? Most journals require a Discussion or Conclusions section. Every paper submitted to JYI must have a Discussion section. It cannot be combined with the Results section. The purpose of a Discussion section is to interpret the results, relating them to previous studies that the author and other authors have done. The author should begin the Discussion section by re-stating the hypothesis he/she was testing. Then he/she may begin interpreting the results in light of this hypothesis. To interpret the results, the author should address the following questions: 1. Did the results provide answers to the (testable) hypotheses? 2. If so, what does this mean for the hypothesis?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course BIOL 1208 taught by Professor Lee during the Fall '07 term at LSU.
- Fall '07