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Common phrases in Methods section

A brief lecutre introudces common phrases in Methods section

Common phrases for the 7 moves in Methods

Move 1 – Overview

Move 2 – Research aim

Move 3 – Subject/materials

  • Eligible women who matched the selection criteria were identified by…
  • All of the chemical compound were commercially available from X company.
  • A random sample of patients with … was recruited from …
  • Articles were searched from January 1965 until April 2014.
  • The sample was representative with respect to gender and …
  • Forty-seven students studying X were recruited for this study.
  • The sample consisted of 200 students, 75 of whom belonged to minority groups.

Move 4 – Location/condition

Move 5 – Procedure

  • All participants were sent…
  • The data were normalized using…
  • Drugs were administered by injection…
  • Data collected using semi-structured interviews in…
  • The experiments were run using custom software written in…
  • The solution was washed three times with deionized water and…

Move 6 – Limitation

  • Further data collection is required to determine exactly how X affects Y.
  • Another major source of certainty is in the method used to calculate X.
  • In this investigation there are several sources for error. The main error is…
  • In particular, the analysis of X was problematic.
  • The small size of the dataset meant that it was not possible to…

Move 7 – Analysis

  • Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS software.
  • Data management and analysis were performed using SPSS 16.0.
  • A Pearson correlation analysis was conducted in order to assess the strength of…
  • Reliability was calculated using Cronbach’s alpha.
  • A p vale < 0.05 was considered significant.

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

  • Does the Methods section of your model article include all the 7 common move?
  • If not, what moves in Discussion can you identify?
  • Mark some common phrases used in Methods section of your model article.
  • Include the moves and use the common phrases you identify in model articles in your own manuscript!
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