Basic Guide To Composing A Research Paper Results And Discussion Section


If you are looking for a basic guide to composing a research paper results and discussion section you should review the information below:

  • First of all you need to understand the purpose of this section. Composing the results and discussion section of your research paper is significantly less challenging if you truly understand the purpose and what item should be contained therein.

  • This chapter is the second to last chapter of any final work. The majority of your paper up until this point has been used to explain the background to your thesis as well as present to the reader the exact steps that you followed in your research in order to achieve a test of your hypothesis. The previous chapters were intended to explain to a reader everything they would need to re-create what it was you did and to truly understand the importance of your work. But this next chapter is where you present the findings.

  • Inside of this, whether you have it as one chapter or two separate chapters, the content remains the same. Your purpose here is to explain to the reader what your findings were, what data you were able to take from your methodology. In addition to this your goal is to present to the reader a discussion on those findings, one which highlights to them the importance of what you did in the bigger picture. The reader should walk away from this section truly understanding how what you accomplished contributes to your field, and whether it answered your hypothesis, did not answer your hypothesis, what limitations may have existed in the work, and where future work can take place.

  • You want to explain in layman's terms what each piece of data for each statistic means. This is a significantly less statistically driven chapter and is one which contains more text than it does graphs or charts. This is also the chapter where you have the opportunity to express where you may have been biased in your work and what steps you took to overcome any known biases within your work or any known limitations. If your work and the findings there and did not support your hypothesis this is your opportunity to explain to the reader why you think that may have been and to propose what future research could be done in order to further explore your hypothesis.