Before you begin your first writing assignment, please consult all of the following resources, in order to gain the most benefit from the experience.
For Biosciences majors the general guidelines apply to future course work, as can be seen by examining the guidelines for the advanced experimental sciences research paper (Bioc 311).
This should be the easiest section to write, but many students misunderstand the purpose.
The objective is to document all specialized materials and general procedures, so that another individual may use some or all of the methods in another study or judge the scientific merit of your work.
Continue to be concise, using figures and tables, if appropriate, to present results most effectively. The purpose of a results section is to present and illustrate your findings.
Make this section a completely objective report of the results, and save all interpretation for the discussion.
Your introductions should not exceed two pages (double spaced, typed). The purpose of an introduction is to aquaint the reader with the rationale behind the work, with the intention of defending it.
It places your work in a theoretical context, and enables the reader to understand and appreciate your objectives.
It is not to be a step by step description of everything you did, nor is a methods section a set of instructions. By the way, your notebook should contain all of the information that you need for this section.
Materials: The page length of this section is set by the amount and types of data to be reported.