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Writing up the Final Report
Overall Guidelines Maintain a clear and logical structure Have a storyline – simply, tell us what problem you’re trying to solve, what you did, and what you found. Avoid hyperbole – Good research speaks for itself; no need to oversell Have a clean document Proofread before turning in the paper Read the entire document – make sure the first half is consistent with the second half! Follow APA style Use in-text citation; all references must be cited in the text and all citations have to be listed in the bibliography Check out the sample papers Use online resources – for example, http://www.uwsp.edu/PSYCH/apa4b.htm#toc
Literature Review Include valid research only Commercial materials are not considered research Opinion pieces are not considered research Apply what we have learned this semester (e.g., Best’s book) to evaluate your sources ‘ objectiveness and determine whether they are worth including Compose the literature review to motivate your research question Use articles to illustrate the research gap and why your study is needed Tell us how your study is different from previous ones Compose the literature review to motivate your hypotheses Use articles to convince us what you’re hypothesizing makes sense – e.g., What existing research makes you believe women are smarter than men? Weave existing research together in a logical way to support your story. You’re not making a list of other people’s work. You’re
Method Key Point: Document the data collection methodology in sufficient detail such that others can use this section to replicate the study (no need to document how you did the literature review; this section is for data collection only) Provide specific information on the following: Participants – How many of them? Basic demographics (# of males? Females? Age? Other relevant information?) Number of disqualified/dropped participants? Reason for disqualification? Final sample size? Procedure – Step-by-step recipe of what you did to collect data Briefly explain the materials you used for data collection and point the reader to the Appendix for the instruments
Results Present descriptive statistics for your key variables in a table – means, standard deviations, ranges, sample size, and other notable summaries. Include figures when appropriate. Present inferential statistics for your hypotheses – correlations, regressions, ANOVAs, and their significance levels. Include tables and/or figures to illustrate your findings. Make sure you understand the statistics you’re presenting. Use the lecture slides, textbook Chapter 12, and sample papers for references. A simple guide is available at http://www.uwsp.edu/PSYCH/stat/index.htm A simple example is available at http://www.uwsp.edu/PSYCH/apa4b.htm#A2 Summarize your findings in simple, straightforward language. Again, no hyperbole. No need to interpret your results against the hypotheses here. Save that for the discussion section.
Discussion Restate your research question(s) and hypotheses. Give a non-technical summary of your results Evaluate and interpret your results with respect to each hypothesis. Summarize whether hypotheses are supported or not in a table. Discuss implications of your results What do the results mean? To other researchers? To the organization? Discuss limitations of your study Provide a summary conclusion