Writing a Methods Section

The methods section of research is argued to be the most important aspect of any report. Fortunately, it is also the most straightforward section to write. Often the challenge of writing such a section is knowing what to include, as well as how much detail is needed. By keeping three distinct goals in mind, scholars will be able to quickly and effectively draft a methods section. First, one must remember that the goal of the methods section is to provide the framework used in the study. Second, it should be expected that the methods section will look different depending on the audience to which the research is being presented. While the same information is required for a journal manuscript and a conference presentation, the ...

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