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Workshop 4 - Data Analysis & Findings

WSSR - Effective Writing and Communication (EWC) Series

EWC1: Writing a Research Paper 101

Friday, March 6, 2020
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Diana Gustafson,
Professor of Social Science and Health, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University


Participants must register to attend: Register here


WSSR Coordinator
514-848-2424 x5473


John Molson Building
1450 Guy




Today’s workshop focuses on the purpose and structure of the results section of a research paper. You will also learn about primary and secondary analysis and how to use non-textual elements to present your results. By drawing on the learning resources and actively engaging in class discussion and independent and small group exercises, you will address the following questions:

  1. What is data analysis? What are the objectives of data analysis?
  2. What is primary data analysis? What are some sources of primary data?
  3. What is secondary data analysis? What are some sources of secondary data?
  4. How does primary data analysis differ from secondary data analysis?
  5. What is the added value of secondary data analysis? What are the advantages and disadvantages of secondary data analysis? What makes secondary data analysis suitable for an undergraduate research paper?
  6. What are the steps in data analysis?
  7. What are some questions you could address using statistical data collected by Quinnipiac University? Using qualitative data catalogued by the United Kingdom Data Service?
  8. What is the purpose of the results section? Why is this section necessary?
  9. How long (proportion of the paper) does the results section need to be to serve that purpose?
  10. What structural elements must be included in the results section to serve its purpose? How does the logic of your data analysis help you structure the results section?
  11. How might you use graphs, tables and figures to present the results of your secondary analysis?
  12. Why are accessibility, clarity, completeness and systematic presentation of the results section important?
  13. What can you learn about drafting the results section by evaluating examples of published research papers?

This event is part of:

Winter 2020 (past) - at Concordia

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