Framing the problem in context
What is the research problem
Why is it important to study the research problem
Critically review the literature to understand the state of research in the area
What are the knowledge gaps that warrant our study?
What is the theoretical framework that we are adopting?
The present study
What are the specific research objectives or hypotheses?
Describe the sample
What variables are we examining?
What analytical approach are we using?
What is the data-collection procedure?
Systematically presenting results
Must be aligned to research objectives or hypotheses
Relating results to existing literature
Explaining why some results differ from existing literature or from prior expectations
Implications of results for theory and practice
What are key contributions of study?
What are some limitations of our study?
What are some suggestions for future research