Making sense of your data for yourself and others

Step 1: If you haven't already done so, put your lab data in visual form by creating appropriate tables, graphs, and other figures. Representing your data in a visual format will allow you to identify trends and relationships among variables more easily. MORE HELP for Step 1 of Results

Step 2: Once you have generated visual representations of your data, decide the order in which your tables, graphs, or other figures should be presented in the Results section. MORE HELP for Step 2 of Results

Step 3: Review all the data from your experiment. In a sentence or two, summarize the main finding of this lab. This is the opening sentence(s) of the Results section. MORE HELP for Step 3 of Results

Step 4: In separate paragraphs, summarize the finding in each of your visuals--tables, graphs, or other figures. First state the overall relationship or interaction among variables that each visual represents. Then include any specific details from the visual that are important for understanding the results. Refer to your tables, graphs, or other figures as figure or table 1, 2, 3, etc. MORE HELP for Step 4 of Results

Step 5: Complete the Results by placing all the elements you've written in the proper order: (1) the sentence summarizing the overall data for the lab; (2) the paragraphs of word descriptions for each visual arranged in the order the visuals are presented. MORE HELP for Step 5 of Results

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