Langston, Research Methods, Laboratory Notes 2 -- Introduction and Discussion Sections
 
These rules cover Introduction and Discussion sections consistent with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. You should consult the manual if you have additional questions. Where possible, headings, labels, etc. are presented consistent with the rules. Information in {} is descriptive. Information in <> is a variable that you change for your paper. The rest is sample text.
 
Global rules:
1.  Double space the whole paper. Do not put in extra returns between headers and text.
2.  The heading for the first page is "Running head: <RUNNING HEAD> <#>" where <RUNNING HEAD> is a summary of the paper title and <#> is the page number. The title page is page 1, number consecutively after that. The title page and all subsequent pages should have the heading, but all pages after the first page will not have the words "Running head:."
3.  Most of the paper will be in the past tense.

{Introduction}
Title
{Start on a fresh page. It will be page 3 (the Title Page is 1, Abstract is 2). Center the title at the top of the page. DO NOT write "introduction." Just double space the title like everything else, do not put an extra return. The introduction tells your reader what you're investigating and why that's important. The global organization is an inverted triangle. Start broad, and narrow to a very sharp point (a description of your experiment). It should have three parts (not necessarily labeled):
Discussion
{The discussion section starts right after the end of the Results section (a regular double space, no extra returns). It's headed "Discussion" as above. The global format is a regular triangle. Start specific (the exact results you just presented) and build out to more general conclusions.  Some basic parts:

Research Methods Lab Notes 2
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