Areas of Study

Developed by Derek Braun and Raymond Merritt, Gallaudet University Department of Biology

Title and Abstract

  • Does your title appropriately summarize your conclusion, in one sentence?
  • Does your abstract summarize the paper in one paragraph, beginning with a brief introduction to the paper and ending with a summary of your conclusions?

Background or Introduction

  • Do you provide sufficient background information so that the reader can completely understand the experiment?
  • Do you present a hypothesis?

Materials and Methods or Methodology

Is the methodology clearly presented, and described in detail?

Results and Discussion

  • Is there an appropriate analyses of your data?
  • Is your data presented neatly in chart form, with graphs and/or figures where required?
  • Have you summarized and explained your results?
  • Do you have a clear conclusion, where you either support or refute your hypothesis?

Format, Clarity, and Readability

  • Have you followed the appropriate format for a lab report? Have you organized material appropriately?
  • Have you properly cited material, which you took from other sources, in all sections of the paper except for the abstract?
  • Is the paper written in a clear manner? Is it easily understandable? Is it free of both grammatical and spelling errors?

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