Structure 1

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 a 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, photographs, diagrams) can efficiently illustrate trends and comparisons or show what something looks like. 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 one or two 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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Kathy explains how to present results (25s):

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