How will you decide which aspects of your findings are the most interesting and important?
The presentation and discussion of qualitative data are often combined.
Qualitative data is difficult to present neatly in tables and figures.
This page deals with the central part of the thesis, where you present the data that forms the basis of your investigation, shaped by the way you have thought about it.
In other words, you tell your readers the story that has emerged from your findings.
You can read more about reporting qualitative results in the next section, Reporting conventions.
The purpose of the results section of the thesis is to report the findings of your research.
In all cases, though, the presentation should have a logical organisation that reflects: You are not simply describing the data.
You need to make connections, and make apparent your reasons for saying that data should be interpreted in one way rather than another.
For others, the data already exists (in the form of archival documents or literary texts, for example), and the work of interpreting it begins much earlier in the research process.
Whatever kind of research you are doing, there comes a moment when your head is full of ideas that have emerged from your analysis.