Methods and Materials

■ In this section the researcher cites all the specifics of the work done. Every detail needs to be included. The reason that this section must be completely documented is so that other researchers can duplicate the studies and hopefully duplicate the findings. Variables matter and need to be detailed. The failure to list pertinent particulars will throw all of the research and conclusions into question.

■ Methods and Materials answers the following questions:

Where?

Location of the work, if relevant.

What?

What equipment and other materials were used in the research. They need to be thoroughly specified.

How?

The procedures and methods used in the research. Every detail should be included.

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