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Notes on report writing

Barbara Morris

Version 1.1, Wednesday 26 September 2001


Summary These notes set out briefly some principles and priorities for writing reports. They are written in report format as an example. They will not substitute for a book or a course on report writing, or for guidelines provided by a particular organisation to suit its own needs, for example, notes on the presentation of dissertations or theses which are provided by universities. The structure recommended emphasises the provision of a summary and a conclusion, with key sentences at prominent points in the report. The text should be concise and clear, and its construction should be guided by consideration of the reader, and a concern for accuracy and truth.

1. Preface

2. Purpose

3. Method

4. Structure

5. The writing process

6. Presentation

7. Final test

8. List of references


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