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Language use in Method sections

A brief lecture introduces language use in Method sections

Why do Method sections are indispensable?

  • Evidence-based
  • To convince the readers (experts in the field)
  • Provide sufficient details regarding data collection
    • Materials, participants, apparatus, experiment conditions, procedures … etc.
  1. Usually the first part researcher can start writing
  2. The narrowest part of the research articles
  3. Descriptive (no evaluation, no interpretation)

Method sections come in different names

  • Methods and materials
  • Methodology
  • Experimental
  • Experimental set-ups

Method sections come in different places.

  • Method usually follows Introduction.
    • To explain how, after why.
  • Information about data collection are in appendix/supplements.
    • No need to explain how
    • Standardized procedures

[Reflection] Let’s reading for writing!!!

  • Can you identify the Method section in your model article?
  • Where is the Method section located? Right after Introduction, or in the end as in appendix/supplements?
  • Can you explain this arrangement? Why do the reader do not need to know methodological information, or later?
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