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General Chemistry I - CHEM 103

This guide explains where you need to find background information, scholarly literature, the importance of incorporating this information into your paper, and how to cite it.

Primary Literature

IMRaD - common formatting for scientific research articles

Introduction 

Explains the scope and objective of the study and places it in the context of previously published studies on the subject (a literature review)

Materials and Methods

The what and how for conducting the study: what was used and how it was done

Results

Reports what was found in the study, often using a lot of statistics, charts, and graphs

Discussion 

Explains the significance of the results and the meaning the researchers interpret from the results; often includes suggestions for further research and/or describes limitations of the study