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In this section, you should avoid repeating what you showed in the “Findings” section. Essentially, this section answers the question “What do these findings mean?” Offer generalizations, principles, or relationships. Develop paragraphs based on critical themes and trends revealed in the findings. Identify points that lack correlation or offer exceptions. Show how your research agrees or disagrees with similar or prior studies.
Some disciplines forego the conclusion (especially life sciences). The discussion sections serves as their closing argument instead. Ask your professor before you begin a conclusion section, as it is not always required. A good conclusion should restate your answer to your research question, hypothesis, or primary claim based on your findings. It should also make recommendations for further studies or changes that should be made in practice.