RESULTS: Background 1

In a short report, the results are essentially presented in tables, graphs, histograms or gels. These graphics are accompanied by legends which describe the experimental conditions under which the results are obtained. Any written general summary of the results should be used to begin the discussion section as it will form the basis for drawing conclusions. The main problems students have with the results section in a short report are:

It should be possible for the reader to look at the graph and/or table and instantly get a 'feel' for the results. In other words, the reader should not have to do any 'mental arithmetic' to appreciate the significance of the trends.

Glossary: table, graph, histogram, gel.