a. Putting information in a research report concerning the study’s limitations. – One should always include information regarding limitations of the research project for it is a matter of honesty and ethics.
b. The size and complexity of tables in a research report. – When necessary, summary tables should be included in the body of the report while detailed tables should be included in the appendix of the research report. Summary tables should only contain key data and unimportant details should be omitted. Multiple classifications should be collapsed into composite measures.
c. The physical presentation of a report. – Reports should be typed and printed on high quality paper using a laser printer. It is usually better to print copies for each person that needs one instead of making photocopies. Compatible fonts and consistency of fonts are necessary. Proper spacing between lines, words, heading and paragraphs is necessary. One should utilize proper white space in the margins as well. Short paragraphs, bulleted lists, headings, graphics and labels should be used to improve the overall presentation. The general temperament of the readers should be known so that the report can be tempered to their liking.
d. Pace in your writing. – The proper pace in writing must enable the reader’s mind to work at a fraction of a second behind his/her eyes. To ensure the proper pace, a writer must use ample white space and margins, break large units of text up and use appropriate sections/headings, relieve difficult text with visual aids where possible, emphasize important material and de-emphasize secondary material through sentence construction, italicization, parentheses, and so on, choosing words carefully, repeating and summarizing difficult ideas and making strategic use of service words.
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