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IMRAD writing structure

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A sheet of paper = a good place to sit by Tjarko Busink, Attribution-NonCommercial License

The IMRAD writing structure refers to the standard structure for academic writing in papers, dissertations and theses: introduction-methods-results-(and)-discussion. It can be hard to know what goes in each section and how they should be written, but there are lots of good resources online to help you with this. The more you look at, the more you will get the idea to apply to your own work. Here is a great explanation written to help Biology students at Bates College.
http://abacus.bates.edu/~ganderso/biology/resources/writing/HTWsections.html

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Writing up the methods and results

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Brenizer Method Pumpkins by Nicholas Erwin, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

These lecture slides posted on the OpenWetWare.org site have some good pointers about what goes in the methods sections and what goes in the results section of a paper.

Some things to watch out for are:

  • put the methods into a logical order (not necessarily the order you did things in), and then mirror this order in your results.
  • Take care not to discuss the results in the results section. You need to just include facts in this section.
  • Make sure you include all the aspects of the methods needed to follow what you did.

http://openwetware.org/images/b/b5/WritingResultsMethods.pdf