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Research assignments

This guide should help you regardless of your area of study. What is the most effective way of presenting the information? What are the most important topics, subtopics, etc., that your paper needs to include? What order should you present them?

The Research Report

Completing an experiment or other active research? Write it up!

This will be similar to the scholarly research articles you have read, but it will be YOUR work!

Also, check out Useful Resources AND, don't forget about the Writing Centers and VAWLT!

Title page
Literature Review - may be combined with the Introduction
Multiple experiments (if you conduct more than one)
Appendices (if necessary)
Tables and/or figures (if necessary)

Check out General Format on the Purdue OWL page.
You will find information on Major Paper Sections and setting up your Title Page.

This Common elements of reports page from the University of Melbourne gives a brief description of the different sections.

This Thesis Structure page from the University of New South Wales Sydney Library also provides a brief description of the sections. You will also find links for more information and samples for each section.

Organizing Your Social Sciences Research Paper from the University of Southern California Libraries is an in-depth discussion of the paper, the research, and the report.

The University of Adelaide Writing Center shares this handout with tips on writing the research report.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has provides some sample papers, both in student and professional forms.
Also recommended from APA: Handouts and Guides

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue provides these sample papers, also in both forms.

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