Key Points 3-2s

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The following key points should be considered when authoring the background section.
  • Explain research questions and purpose in lay language.
  • Define or explain research terms like "randomization" or "double-blind."
  • Use declarative sentences suited for an eighth-grade reading level.
  • Keep the description as brief as possible.
  • Give some indication of previous work done in the area.
  • Include key elements of the research process.
  • Include the duration of the study.
  • Give enough information to make an informed decision, but not so much (or so technical) that the subject becomes confused.
  • Describe all quantities with lay term equivalents, i.e., teaspoons.