Methods

Abstract | Introduction | Materials | Methods | Results | Discussion | Literature


SORRY, AT THE MOMENT, THIS PAGE IS UNDERGOING REVISION [Sept 2015]


If you don’t yet know what a methods section is and/or how it functions in a scientific research article, then please visit the How To > Write > Research Articles > Methods section before reading any further…don’t worry, we’ll wait for you.

All done? OK, welcome back!

In Practice Sets 4A-4X, you will engage in exercises aimed at improving your ability to create your own Methods section for assignments such as lab reports, field reports, science fair posters, and original research articles.

There are a number of different research methods used in scientific work. Four of the most common research methods include:

EXPERIMENTATION
DESCRIPTION
COMPARISON
MODELING

PRACTICE SET 4.X – Writing for clarity, precision, and repeatability

PRACTICE SET 4.X – Describing study subjects, describing equipment, calibrating instruments, validating instruments)

PRACTICE SET 4.X – Writing methods as step-by-step procedures (basic) – where, when, how

PRACTICE SET 4.X – Writing methods as paragraphs (advanced) – where, when, how

PRACTICE SET 4.X – Making biological drawings

PRACTICE SET 4.X – Acting ethically towards study subjects

PRACTICE SET 4.X – Acting safely in the laboratory

PRACTICE SET 4.X – Acting safely at a field site


Coming soon…

  • descriptive writing
  • writing in the past tense

Do you have an idea for a useful Practice Set that you’d like to see added to the METHODS section? If so, please tell Dr. M about it through the Comment feature below.

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