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How to Write a Dissertation (2018) ~ The Findings or Results Section

| June 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sometimes the findings or results section of a dissertation comes in the same chapter as the main discussion. You will need to check with your supervisor what your university department’s rules are regarding these two sections. Whatever the case, there should be two sections if they are in the same chapter; one for the findings or results and the other for the discussion of those findings or results.

In the introductory paragraph of this section you should state how you are going to present your findings or results. First of all you should present your statistics or other data concisely and use sub-headings in this chapter unless this is expressly forbidden in your university’s rules. Remember that you should put any previously published statistics and others that are not of primary importance into the Appendices section of your dissertation.

You should mention both positive and negative results, but save the interpretation of these for the next section of your dissertation. You will need to think of yourself as a barrister, presenting his/her case before a jury. What you need to do here is to present sufficient details which allow readers to make their own inferences and construct their own explanations – don’t be didactic.

Your key findings should be stated at the beginning of each paragraph in a topic sentence. You will need to describe the nature of the findings or results, but not say if they are significant or not. Allow the reader to formulate his/her own opinions regarding your findings.

Don’t worry if you think your results or findings section is short. You can make observations about your findings or results, but you shouldn’t attempt to interpret them in this section- wait for your discussion section to do this.

You want this section of your dissertation to be easy for the reader to follow, so don’t be tempted to go into a lengthy debate with yourself over an interpretation of your findings.  Stick to observations only which are clear and concise. This section of your dissertation is arguably the easiest for you to write. If you have problems with this section discuss them with your tutor and if necessary a statistician in another of the university’s departments.

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