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Writing up results

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If you've organised, displayed and analysed your data, it's time to write it up, and the place for this is the results section.

The key to a great results section is in describing your results - you need to tell your readers exactly what you found out. This is where you document what was observed or discovered. It is not the place for discussion.

Simply describing your results may not seem that tricky, but there is an art to it. Things to remember when writing up results include...

Activity: Writing up your results - 10 minutes

There's an art to writing up results: you need to be concise, accurate and clear - and above all, you must describe your results and not discuss them.

1. Use the check-list below to evaluate your results write-up.

My results section... tick
focuses on my most important results
is clear and concise  
lets my graphs and tables do the talking: I only describe general trends  
has not omitted anything important  
describes every table, graph and figure that is included  
describes not discusses  

2. If you haven't been able to tick all the boxes, make the necessary changes.

Have a look at the site below and see if you can tell the difference between a good and a bad results section.

Engage in research: writing about results
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