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Reports provide a structured way of presenting concise information which can be read by many people.

5 things you need to know...

  • Reports are usually written to record the methodology, results and conclusions of an investigation.
  • They are written for easy reading and discussion so headings, sub-headings, numbering, bullet points, images, tables and graphs can all be used.
  • Reports can be written in a variety of ways, there is not just one correct way (check assignment guidelines). A report may consist of sections such as:
  1. Title  - be specific.
  2. Introduction – aim(s), objectives and why this is an important area for investigation?
  3. Methodology – what you did to investigate and/or research this subject?
  4. Findings and discussion – what you found out and what the findings mean?
  5. Conclusions – what conclusions you made? 
  6. Recommendations - if needed.
  7. References
  8. Appendices
  • Use concise, business-like language so that the reader of your report can easily understand.

Need to know more...

We have produced resources to help you to develop your skills in this area.  You will find a factsheet on this topic below, plus others you may find useful.  See also the Online and Books tabs above.  

Related factsheets

Nordquist R (2019) Strategies to proofread effectively (accessed 2 September 2019)

Look around Dewey number 651.  Try doing an advanced search, for example report writing + business in order to find resources appropriate to your subject area.

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