Checklist – Paper II: Study One Methods, Results, and Discussion
Use the check sheet below to make sure your paper is the best it can be! Make sure you answer
“Yes” to all questions before submitting your paper! The first two sections duplicate the Paper I
checklist, but those elements in purple are unique to you Methods / Results / Discussion Paper II
General Paper Format (This section is identical to the Paper I Checklist)
1. Is everything in your paper (including headers, the main body of your mini- literature review, and your references) in 12 point Times New Roman font?
2. Is everything in your paper double spaced, including references (here I mean the spacing above and below each line, not the spaces following a period)?
3. Do you have one inch margins on all sides of the paper (one inch from the top of the page, one inch from the bottom, and one inch from each side)
4. Are the first lines of all paragraphs indented another ½ inch (or 1 ½ inches from the page edge)?
5. Are your paragraphs aligned left? (That is, text should be flush left, with lines lining up on the left of the page, but text should NOT line up on the right side
of the page – it should look ragged)
6. Do you need help figuring out how to configure a word document in APA format (inserting headers, page numbers, proper indents, etc.)? If YES or NO,
I highly recommend watching this video which walks you through setting up
an APA formatted paper! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pbUoNa5tyY
Title page (This section is nearly identical to the Paper I Checklist)
Yes No Header
1. Do you have the phrase “Running head” in your header (with a lower case h)?
2. Is the rest of your Running head title in ALL CAPS?
3. Is your Running head in 12 point Times New Roman font?
4. Do you have a page number that is flush right (also in 12 point Times New Roman font)?
5. Is your header 50 characters or less (including spaces and punctuation)?
Title / Name / Institution
1. Is your title 12 words or less (as recommended by the APA)?
2. Does your title describe your general paper theme (while avoiding something blank like “Paper Two: Methods Results, and Discussion”)? Note that your
header and title can differ!
3. Do all title words with three letters or more start with a capital letter?
4. Are your name and institution correct?
5. Are your title, name, and institution elements centered and in 12 point Times New Roman font?
Methods Section (New Information in this section)
Yes No Header
1. Is your header title present and identical to your header title on the title page?
2. Is your header title in ALL CAPS and 12 point Times New Roman font?
3. Does your header on this second page omit the phrase “Running head”
4. Do you have a page number starting on page 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pbUoNa5tyY
Yes No Title for the methods section
1. Is the word “Methods” centered and in bold at the top of your methods page?
1. Do you have the word “Participants” flush left and in bold, right below the word “Methods”?
2. Did you list out your demographic characteristics, including gender, age, and ethnicity / race?
3. Did you provide the descriptive statistics for (means and standard deviations) for age and italicize the letters M and SD?
4. Did you provide frequencies for gender and ethnicity/race and italicize the N?
5. Did you refer readers to Appendix for the full listing of demographic tables?
Materials and Procedure
1. Did you mention informed consent?
2. Did you discuss any instructions the participant may have read?
3. Did you thoroughly describe any stimulus material that might have occurred before your actual independent variables (and photos, descriptions, profiles,
questions, puzzles, etc.) that are a part of your study?
4. Did you thoroughly describe your independent variable (IV) in enough depth and detail that another researcher could recreate your materials?
5. Did you give your IV a name that matches up with the name you refer to in the results section?
6. Did you describe all of your most relevant dependent variables, noting the scales you used (e.g. “Yes / No”, “A scale ranging from 1 (not at all likely) to
9 (very likely))” for EACH of your DVs?
7. Did you fully describe what participants went through in the study, noting the order in which they received study materials (e.g. first informed consent, then
IVs, DVs, and debriefing)?
8. Did you fully describe your attention check (manipulation check) with enough detail that a reader unfamiliar with your study could recreate it, and did you
include the scale for that attention check question?
9. Did you use the past tense when describing your methods (seeing how you already collected the data, and therefore do not discuss what participants will
Results Section (New Information in this section)
1. Do you have the word “Results” centered and in bold, immediately following the methods section?
2. Was the first dependent variable you looked at your manipulation check question, and did you make sure you analyzed the correct DV?
3. Did you analyze at least two different dependent variables for your other two analyses?
a. Note: using a t-Test to analyze a question Like #3) and an ANOVA to once again analyze question #3 does NOT count as two different DVs. It
is the same DV analyzed twice. Make sure to look at two different DVs
4. Did you mention both the IV and the DV by name when talking about your analysis?
5. Did you include means and standard deviations within parentheses for each level of your independent variable?
6. Did you italicize the letters F, t, p, M, SD, and X2 (where appropriate)?
7. Did you round ALL numbers to two decimal places (with the exception of the p value, which can go as low as p < .001 or p = .001).
Discussion Section (New Information in this section)
1. Do you have the word “Discussion” centered and in bold, immediately following the results section?
2. Did you remind your reader of your hypothesis?
3. Did you mention whether you supported or did not support your hypothesis?
Appendix Section – Study One (New Information in this section)
1. Do you have the word “Appendix” centered on each Appendix page, followed by a description of the appendix content, immediately following the
2. In Appendix A (Demographics), do you have SPSS tables for gender, ethnicity, and age? (Note: Age might be in a general “statistics” table, but you
should have specific frequency tables for both gender and ethnicity)
3. In Appendix B (Chi Square), do you have the crosstabs table (with percentages) plus the chi square test (with Pearson)?
4. In Appendix C (ANOVA), do you have the descriptives table, the ANOVA table, and the post hoc table for your first dependent variable?
5. In Appendix D (ANOVA or t-Test), do you have the descriptives table, ANOVA (or t-Test) table, and post hoc table (for the ANOVA) for your
second dependent variable?
6. Do the analyses in Appendix C and D focus on DIFFERENT dependent variables? (Make sure you answer YES on this one!)
Yes No 1. Did you proofread your paper, go to the writing center, go to the research
methods help center, or use the Pearson writer to make sure your paper flows
2. Did you use the past tense (which is recommended, since your papers in this
class will reflect work you already did rather than work you will do)?
3. Did you use a scientific / objective terms like “people”, “participants”. “users”,
“readers”, etc. (as opposed to subjective words like “you”, “we”, “me”, “I”, or