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PSYC 381: Principles of Statistics & Experimental Design

PSYC 381 course research guide

Put Together Your Writing Assignment

For your Writing Assignment, you will use your articles to build arguments and conclusions about your results from your Chi-Square tests on your dataset variables.


1. Title Page

2. Introduction: a review of the literature that you used to build your hypothesis. Your Introduction should:

  • Be more than a summary of the articles you read
  • Bring together theories and results from a number of studies to provide background for your project and demonstrate how your research hypothesis fits into this current research area and why it's important
  • End with your hypothesis

3. Methods: provides detailed information about your research study design. Your Methods section should include:

  • the Chi-Square statistical analyses that you ran
  • your use of SPSS software

4. Results: report the findings of your statistical analyses, written in the past tense, without bias or interpretation. Your Results section should:

  • Focus on being concise and objective
  • Organize your results around tables and figures that summarize the results of your statistical analyses
  • Include summary text that describes the results in your tables and figures
    • Describe the trends in your data but do not interpret it
  • Organize your key findings in a logical sequence, generally following your Methods section
  • Don't omit relevant findings, even those that don't support your predictions

5. Discussion: interpret and describe the significance of your findings in light of what is already known about the research area you're investigating. Your Discussion should include:

6. References List: a list of the sources you cited (not your annotated bibliography)

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