HOPEFULLY HELPFUL HINTS FOR EXPERIMENT #2

(gleaned from your papers)

 

1.  Double-space the entire paper.

 

2.  Include a title page.

 

3.  Write in past tense when you talk about something you did in your experiment. 

 

4.  Never use direct quotes.

 

5.  Write the Abstract last.  It is a summary of your paper in 5-7 sentences.

 

6.  Your Introduction ought to actually introduce the reader to whatever your experiment is about.

 

7.  Don’t list things in your Methods section; write it out in sentences.

 

8.  Don’t make the statistical test you used the ‘star’ of the sentence.  (For instance, use “Women are quicker than men (Rank Sum Test, p<0.05)” not “According to the Rank Sum Test, women are quicker than men.”)

 

9.  Tell the reader what your analysis shows.  The reader should be able to tell what statistical test(s) you used, the level of significance used, which comparisons you tested, and the outcome of each test.

 

10.  Do not make a table to show your calculations for a statistical test.  We have to trust your math sometime.

 

11.  In the vast majority of cases, no one wants to see your raw data. 

 

12.  The text of your Results section and any Figures/Tables must ‘stand alone’.  That is, a reader must be able to make sense out of either one without reading the other.  Tell the reader what happened in the text of the Results and tell the reader what they are looking at in any Table/Figure.

 

13.  Tables/Figures must be cited in the text.

 

14.  Any references listed at the end of the paper must be cited in the text.

 

15.  Don’t cite any reference unless you have actually READ IT.

 

16.  Use proper format for citing references in the text.  For instance, “Smith (2001) found that the moon in made of green cheese”  or “Studies suggest that the moon is made of green cheese (Smith, 2001).”

 

17.  Each citation in the Reference section should begin with the authors name and the date of publication.