How to Write a Research Report Template

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A research report template can be digital or paper based; the basic content areas remain the same. Headings with spaces for content below should include an abstract, introduction, background, literature review, method, results, analysis, discussion, conclusion and implications, recommendations, references and an appendix. Instructions for completing each section should be included in the space below each heading. Instructions should include directions on how to remove and replace instructional text with relevant information. Instructional text under each heading should be formatted in relevant writing style from guides such as American Psychological Association (APA) or Modern Language Association (MLA).

Things You'll Need

  • Appropriate style guide (APA or MLA)
  • Create a title page format. Include research title, author, date, and names of mentor and committee members in the style appropriate to the relevant style guide (APA or MLA).

  • The "Abstract" should be a block of text without indents. Indicate this by instructions of how to maintain formatting, a suggestion of how to start, what content it should include and a visual representation of size and space that the information should occupy. Information should include the main points of the report, such as the problem question, identification of participants, methods and results, conclusions, implications and recommendations.

  • List all headings and subheadings in a "Table of Contents" section. Include a separate list of tables and figures. Hyperlink each heading and subheading to its specific location in the body of the report. Provide specific instructions on how to replace headings without losing hyperlinks.

  • Under the heading "Introduction," mention the need to include a summary of the important points, the reason/purpose of the report, the research problem, how, when, what, where, why and the implications of the particular research to the relevant field. Give an example of a possible introduction. Write all text in the specific format and include instructions for maintaining formatting properties for electronic templates.

  • Under the headings "Background," "Method," "Results," "Analysis," "Discussion," "Conclusions and Implications" and "Recommendations," provide instructions on what to write under theses headings with appropriate examples and instructions on how to re-format if the formatting was inadvertently lost when typing or cutting and pasting information into the template. Keep all instructions and examples in the content area space under each heading.

  • Provide examples of tables and figures in the methods and analysis sections. Hyperlink to the tables and figures sections in the table of contents.

  • Create the reference section with hyperlinks to citations within the body of the report. Include instructions on how to hyperlink all references. Using the style appropriate to the reference style guidelines (APA or MLA), include examples of how to list different types of publications.

  • Create hyperlinks of the individual appendices to their specific title in the table of contents. Provide instructions on how to replace examples while maintaining hyperlinks.

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