Reports are a means of presenting experimental, investigative or research findings. Writing reports is used by some disciplines as a form of assessment. Report writing is also common in the workplace.
Differences and similarities between essays and reports
|Differences between essays and reports|
|Presents information (description and explanation)||Presents an explicit argument|
|Makes use of numbered headings, and sub headings||Does not require headings|
|Makes use of dot point presentation as well as short concise paragraphs||Written in paragraphs which are linked clearly to each other|
|Can be scanned quickly for specific information||Needs to be read in detail to gain understanding of argument|
|Uses graphics where possible||Usually no use of graphics|
|May end with recommendations||Rarely has recommendations|
|Research may be primary and secondary||Research usually secondary/tertiary sources|
|Similarities between essays and reports|
|Written in an academic style|
|Appropriate referencing in-text and reference list|
Learn how to transform a journal reference to an APA 6th referencing style.
Activity 1: APA 6th - from journal to referencing
Activity 2: APA 6th - order of elements