Visual thinking colin_ware_lectures_2013_6_writing a research paper

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Visual thinking colin_ware_lectures_2013_6_writing a research paper

  1. 1. Writing a short research report Approx 1200 words
  2. 2. Title • • • • • • Abstract 50-100 wds Introduction Method (Or technical description) Results (or Comments on technical issues) Conclusion References
  3. 3. Abstract • A summary of the work. Should make it clear what is most important • The point of the work • What was done • The main result and its signitificance
  4. 4. Paragraphs • A single idea • The subject should be clear with the first sentence. • When there are many paragraphs there should be a clear thread connecting them. Bridges and hooks. • E.g argument, counter argument. The most common method for showing x is. This has the advantage that. It also suffers, however, from a major disadvantage. • E.g. review: there are three main methods that have been used to display time varying data. • In order to fully understand this problem we need to consider …
  5. 5. Introduction • One paragraph to give a general motivation. – Start from the general, end by stating the approach in the last sentence. • One or two paragraphs (for assignment) discussing background. Think about what is relevant. Give a reference. • A final paragraph creating a bridge to the method. (alternative – place in the first paragraph of the method).
  6. 6. Method • Statement of the general approach • Subsections – – – – Display Task Trials Subjects
  7. 7. Results • Give summary results • Summary graphs useful, but not for only two numbers. • Give means etc.
  8. 8. Discussion • • • • Highlight main findings Discuss implications, shortcomings Future possibilities Ideally this will close the loop with the introduction

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