Your report must be typed, double-spaced (save for the title and literature cited sections), and have 1.0 inch margins on both sides. All section titles should be written in all capital letters. Instead of skipping two additional lines, indent each subsequent paragraph. All papers will be flawless in terms of spelling and grammar.
Indentation is used to show where one element ends and another begins. For example, if you are discussing what author Jill Jones is trying to accomplish with her novel, you would indent every line after the first sentence until the next sentence starts at the top of the page rather than at the bottom of the previous line.
Indenting can also be used to make different parts of your paper stand out from one another. For example, if you were writing about multiple aspects of a problem but didn't want to repeat yourself, you could indent every other line after the first to indicate that they are different points of view that should be read separately.
Indention is very important when citing sources because it helps the reader know where one idea ends and another begins. Indented sentences or paragraphs are treated as separate thoughts or elements. Unindented sentences are considered part of the same idea or element as the previous one. For example, if you were quoting something in your paper and wanted to include more information, you could either skip two lines and start over or indent every other line so the reader knows this is now a new thought.
The report must be typed and double-spaced. Each page should have your name and page numbers (as a header or footer). A formal report usually has the following sections: Headings should be used to denote the start of each section. These can be either titles or subheadings. Make sure that these are clear and easy to read. Use words in the text itself to indicate where different parts of the report begin.
There is no limit to how many pages you can include in your laboratory report, but it is helpful if there is something on every page. For example, you could put a signature at the end of the document or include a table of contents. These do not have to be at the front of the report, but it is easier to find things when they are grouped together. It is also acceptable to leave some pages blank if there is nothing relevant for them to say.
It is helpful if you identify the source of your information by writing "Source: xxx" on each page of your report. This allows others reading your report to know exactly where the information comes from. They may want to look up this source themselves.
You should also try to be as accurate as possible with your figures. Including errors means that others will have to go through all your work again to check what was actually found. This is time consuming and errors can easily be missed.
Format for Report Writing
The following are the key elements of the standard report writing format: The title section includes the author(s)' name(s) and the date the report was prepared. Summary: A summary of the significant points, findings, and recommendations is required. It must be brief because it provides a broad overview of the report. The rest of the report consists of detailed sections that address each recommendation or finding. These sections include details about the prevalence of the problem, risk factors, associations, comparisons, and conclusions drawn from the data analyzed in the study.
In addition to these essential components, many studies include references to other relevant research articles, statistics from government sources, personal stories describing how the problem started and what efforts have been made to solve it, and even photos and graphs. The more information you can include, the better.
When writing your own report, follow this basic structure, but don't be afraid to add some new sections if there's something important you want to cover in greater detail than just a few sentences. For example, you might want to describe any statistical tests performed during the study or list all of the variables considered for inclusion in the analysis. Then provide a short explanation of each variable along with a reference back to the source document where they're defined/described further.
Finally, when writing your report, remember that its purpose is to summarize the results of your study so that others can read it easily.