How to Write the Analysis

[See also: How to write a research project. How to write the background, theory, method 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 an analysis is challenge the reader’s expectations of your object. Less dramatically, we can say that there should be an interesting tension between the theory and the analysis presented in a paper. This is why it is so important to gain the reader’s trust in your methods section. If your readers are more likely to reject your results than let them challenge their expectations then you will not be able to write a compelling analysis. You will only be able to confirm their preconceived notions about reality. [Read more.]

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

Here are some further posts on the subject:

“Observation, Interpretation, and Analysis”

“Saying, Doing, Meaning”

“Observation”