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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.
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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:
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
- descriptive writing
- writing in the past tense
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