Structure: Stage 1

As you have seen your results section provides information to answer the following question:

1. What did you find (your actual results) and/or what did you observe?

To answer this question you will need to:

1. Present your findings in the form of a table(s) and/or figure(s)

Table and figures present data that cannot be easily described in the text. Tables are a means of presenting information accurately and concisely, while figures (graphs) can efficiently illustrate trends and comparisons. However, you also have to use language to give your table or figure a title and legend. If you have a series of results which need to be displayed in figures and/or tables, you need to decide on the order in which you will present the data. There must be a logical order of presentation with interlinking text, leading from one result to the next.

2. Comment on your findings

As well as referring your reader to your tables and/or figures, you also need to write a short summary of your results, which identifies the most important results in terms of the aims of your experiment (This summary should be brief, only a few sentences in the case of a single result; a couple of short paragraphs in the case of a number of results. Remember, the detailed results are given in the tables or figures and generalised statements about the results are made in the discussion section).
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