The purpose of this handout is to help you use statistics to make your argument as effectively as possible. Numbers are power. Apparently freed of all the squishiness and ambiguity of words, numbers and statistics are powerful pieces of evidence that can effectively strengthen any argument. But statistics are not a panacea.
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Perhaps you like the paper-writing phase of research; maybe you dread it. The difference usually hinges on whether you regard yourself as a "good writer"--as determined by grades earned on countless other writing assignments. My experience with student research papers suggests that reporting the results of quantitative research is very different from other types of writing.