LEGEND: Background 1
When you are writing a short report, you need to try to get out of the habit of writing up your experiment under the traditional style of aim, methods, results and discussion. This applies particularly to the methods stage which is NOT written as a separate section but is included in the LEGEND which accompanies the RESULTS.
The main problems students have with writing the legend are deciding on:
- what content or information to put in and how much to put in;
- how to structure this content;
- where to put this content.
Remember that there is particular emphasis on the detailing of the conditions under which the data were obtained. WE WANT CONDITIONS NOT PROCEDURES. Sufficient methodological information must be provided to enable the reader to see how the experiments were performed and to allow critics to repeat and/or pick holes in the experimental approach.