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Conclusion

A combination of tenses to highlight past research and future directions

In the final section of your report you need to summarise the main findings and the major implications of the study, point out any limitations, and offer suggestions for future research. In order to achieve these multiple aims you may use a combination of tenses.

Example

Although the study found evidence of tillage and irrigation within the study area, from the data collected it was not possible to determine if the effects of agriculture upstream cause (or caused) higher levels of total nitrogen downstream. Further studies are therefore necessary to determine the effects of agriculture on the health of Stringybark Creek.

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