Writing the Research Report

       The research projectís report tells the story of your topic, methodology and conclusions. Most scholarly and professional reports (theses, dissertations, academic journal articles, and intra-organizational papers) follow a similar structure. They start with preliminary pages like the title page, abstract, and the table of contents. These pages are followed by the introduction/ statement of the problem, literature review, description of methodology, data analysis/results section, and finally the conclusions and recommendations section.

       These report sections have unique formatting requirements that can be tedious and exacting. Wordís Styles feature significantly eases the burden of the researcher because Styles can be customized to match the exact editorial style required for your report.

       Heading Styles should be applied to all chapter, section, and subsection headings because they are required for the automatic compilation of the Table of Contents. Headings can be marked using keyboard shortcuts for Heading 1 (Alt+Ctrl+1), Heading 2 (Alt+Ctrl+2), and Heading 3 (Alt+Ctrl+3).

       The List of Figures and List of Tables are compiled based on the creation of captions above or below the tables and figures included in the report. To create a caption, first select the figure or table that needs to be captioned, and then click on Insert > Reference > Caption. References to existing literature placed in the body of the report and in the Bibliography/Reference section at the end of the report are best handled by a third party bibliographic reference software program. This software automatically handles the tedious formatting that accompanies references and bibliographies.

Copyright, Christopher Hahn, 2008

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