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Checklist for effective reports
This post was originally added to Learnhigher on: 15th Jan, 2012
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A quick checklist for an effective report
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Before you submit your work, check that it includes these features of good reports:
- Does it answer the purpose stated (or implied) in the brief?
- Does it answer the needs of the projected reader?
- Has the material been placed in the appropriate sections?
- Has all the material been checked for accuracy?
- Are graphs and tables carefully labelled?
- Is data in graphs or tables also explained in words and analysed?
- Does the discussion/conclusion show how the results relate to objectives set out in the introduction?
- Have you discussed how your results relate to existing research mentioned in your literature survey?
- Has all irrelevant material been removed?
- Is it written throughout in appropriate style (i.e. no colloquialisms or contractions, using an objective tone, specific rather than vague)?
- Is it jargon-free and clearly written?
- Has every idea taken from or inspired by someone else’s work been acknowledged with a reference?
- Have all illustrations and figures taken from someone else’s work been cited correctly?
- Has it been carefully proof-read to eliminate careless mistakes?
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