How to Write about Method

[See also: How to write a research project. How to write the background, theory, analysis and discussion sections. How to write the introduction and conclusion. How to review the literature and how to structure a research paper. How to finish on time and how to reference properly. Part of the Craft of Research series. Full program here.]

The purpose of a methods section is to get the reader to trust your data. You will need this trust because your data will, hopefully, constitute some of sort of challenge for either the currently accepted theories or the currently dominant practices in your area. That is, the reader is prepared to learn something from your analysis, and this will require a change in the way they see the world or what they propose to do about it. But don’t imagine your reader is a naively open-minded pushover. They came by their current theories and practices honestly, and they will only be won over when presented with solid results. [Read more.]

Here is what I say in the “How to Structure” lecture:

Here are some more posts on the subject:

“Methodology and Experience”

“Method, Data, and Ethics”

“A Sense of Accomplishment”