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  The section is well organized.  The purpose of the work is supported by the literature.   Objective is clearly stated. Background information is provided to support the objective and purpose of the work.  All literature references are properly cited in the text.  Hypothesis is stated or inferred. 




 All information is presented in past tense.  The format is in paragraph form with subheadings as needed.  All samples and equipment are clearly described.  The proper statistical test is explained.  The section is well organized




 All results are summarized.  Results are explained in paragraph form. Tables or figures are included when necessary.  The tables/figures are properly labeled and titled.  No raw data is included in figures or tables




 The hypothesis is re-stated and either verified or disproved.  All results are discussed.  Unusual results are explained with a valid reasoning.  There is a clear connection between the interpretation of the results and the literature.  Facts and speculation are clearly distinguished




 All information acquired from the literature is properly cited within the text.  A work cited page that includes at least 5 primary source references is labeled and included in the body of the paper.  The format from Applied Environmental Microbiology used throughout the paper. 




 No grammatical errors are present. Transitions between paragraphs and sections are seamless and not choppy.  All information is in its correct section of the paper.  Proper sentence structure is used throughout the paper.  The paper is well organized



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