Use past tense to discuss results that cannot be generalized

Some results have been obtained under such specialized conditions that they pertain only to the particular study being reported. Numerical data sometimes fall into this category. Use the simple past tense of the verb that refers to the scientific work.

Barber (1980) reported that 28% of the 396 wasps in his study showed signs of parasitism.

It also would be correct to say "Barber (1980) reports," but using past tense for both verbs is somewhat smoother and more consistent.

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