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ENGL 151R: Report Writing (+ Business Plans): Parts of a Report

Parts and setup of formally structured reports

When you write a report in which you analyze a problem and present your recommendations, use this standard format as a guide:


Section Purpose

Report Title

Keep the title brief and pertinent to your report.

The Introduction should cover some of the following:

  • History or background
  • Purpose
  • Need
  • Method
  • Scope
  • Definition of terms
Body Main part of the report
Summary Condense your main ideas
Conclusions and recommendations        Statement of conclusions/recommendations drawn


taken from:

Poe, Roy W. "Chapter 7: Parts and setup of formally structured reports." The McGraw-Hill guide to effective business reports. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1982. 92-94. Print