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A Move/Step Model For Methods Sections: Demonstrating Rigour And Credibility, Elena Cotos, Sarah Huffman, Stephanie Link Apr 2017

A Move/Step Model For Methods Sections: Demonstrating Rigour And Credibility, Elena Cotos, Sarah Huffman, Stephanie Link

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In the tradition of Swalesian genre theory, this manuscript explores the rhetorical composition of research article Methods sections through a top-down analysis of a corpus of nine hundred texts representative of thirty academic fields. The analysis resulted in a comprehensive cross-disciplinary model, called Demonstrating Rigour and Credibility (DRaC). The model contains three moves and sixteen steps, which are defined in terms of functional and content realizations. DRaC further served as the analytic framework for corpus annotation. Manually annotated corpus data revealed the moves and steps with high distributional prominence as well as those that are not frequent but occur consistently ...