| How to Write a Research Report |
(Developed by Melissa Yoshioka; Maui Community College)
The basic research report is an important way to learn about a particular area of neuroscience. The report requires library work, Internet searches, planning and patience. Here is an outline to help plan a research report.
1. Select a topic|
2. Locate and List Sources|
|3. Check the table of contents and index of each reference book, skim the material to find the pages that discuss the topic.|
|4. Make choices about the topic according to the reading abilities, level of material and time available for the project.|
|5. Prepare note pages for reference material: write the title, author, publisher, place and date of publication and page number at the top of each page. These note cards record information for use in the bibliography and allow students to check information or go back to the original source for more information.|
|6. Read carefully, taking notes on the main ideas and facts. Write in phrases in your own words.|
7. Prepare outline|
8. Write a rough draft|
9. Correct and copy|
|10. Prepare a bibliography and title page (show examples on the chalk board)|
Approximate Time Schedule and Due Dates for the Research Report
Day 1 - Introduce the project.
The Completed Research ReportOn or before Day 56, the following items must be completed in this exact order:
The following is a sample letter that could be sent home to parents along with a description of the Research Report and the time schedule.
Your son or daughter may need some guidance in meeting these deadlines. Please see to it that time is allotted each day so that work is not left for the last minute. Please check that all writing is done from the student's notes only, never directly from a book. Notes must be written in very short phrases. I would also appreciate your help in reviewing the rough draft with the student before the final copy is prepared. Thank you very much for your cooperation. This assistance will be of great value to your child.
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