A report is a structured, well organized document which defines and analyzes a topic in depth. It is always written with a specific purpose.
Choose Your topic
If the topic of your report is not already assigned for you, choose a topic that interests you and one that you can understand. When writing a report, it always helps to know your audience. This will help you determine vocabulary, what details to use and what to emphasize.
Research Your Topic
As with an essay, always record your sources and URLS. Collect information and data by using the library, encyclopedia, or online academic data bases when researching your topic for central ideas. Jot down information and quotes. Keep your topic question in mind.
Mariam-Webster Collegiate Online Dictionary defines plagiarism as “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (another’s production) without crediting the source”.
Copying short texts or passages from an online source with the Ctrl+C function in Word and pasting them into your written text by your (Ctrl+V) function should always be avoided. It is much better to give credit to the writers of the sources you have used. Your readers may also benefit by using them at a later time. Quotations, for example, consist of exact words taken from a source and must be enclosed in quotation marks (“….”).