Getting Started With Your Report
Why write research reports?
What are research reports and why would I write one?
Engineers, scientists, and managers write research reports to communicate the results of research, field work, and other activities. Often, a research report is the only concrete evidence of your research, and the quality of the research may be judged directly by the quality of the writing and how well you convey the importance of your findings. Even if you don't consider yourself a writer, then, it is still important to consider clarity, organization, and content when you are presenting your research in a research report.
Fortunately, research reports, which are similar to research articles, technical reports, lab reports, formal reports, or scientific papers (to name a few), have a fairly consistent format that will help you to organize your information clearly. Most research reports contain the same major sections, although the names of the sections vary widely, and sometimes it is appropriate to omit sections or add others. If you are submitting a research report for a class or to an organization, check for specific requirements and guidelines before beginning to write your research report.
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