This page deals with the central part of the thesis, where you present the data that forms the basis of your investigation, shaped by the way you have thought about it. In other words, you tell your readers the story that has emerged from your findings. The form of your chapters should be consistent with this story and its components. For many kinds of research, the main work of interpretation cannot be done until most of the data has been collected and analysed. For others, the data already exists in the form of archival documents or literary texts, for example , and the work of interpreting it begins much earlier in the research process.
Writing Chapter 4: The Results of Your Research Study
Writing Chapter 4: Research - Dissertation Advisors
Students always find it difficult to document their findings. Chapter four is the heart of your work. Read Also: How to write Research Methodology — chapter three 3 of a research project. You have spent so much time collecting and analyzing data but do a poor job of reporting the results. You may under-report despite having collected large amounts of data. Alternatively, after collecting all the data, your presentation of the results lack organization and clarity.
How to write the results and discussion
Published on March 21, by Shona McCombes. Revised on October 13, The discussion chapter is where you delve into the meaning, importance and relevance of your results. It should focus on explaining and evaluating what you found, showing how it relates to your literature review and research questions , and making an argument in support of your overall conclusion.
The purpose of the discussion is to interpret and describe the significance of your findings in light of what was already known about the research problem being investigated and to explain any new understanding or insights that emerged as a result of your study of the problem. The discussion will always connect to the introduction by way of the research questions or hypotheses you posed and the literature you reviewed, but the discussion does not simply repeat or rearrange the first parts of your paper; the discussion clearly explain how your study advanced the reader's understanding of the research problem from where you left them at the end of your review of prior research. Annesley, Thomas M.