This handout provides a general guide to writing reports about scientific research you’ve performed. In addition to describing the conventional rules about the format and content of a lab report, we’ll also attempt to convey why these rules exist, so you’ll get a clearer, more dependable idea of how to approach this writing situation. Readers of this handout may also find our handout on writing in the useful.
All references used should be included at the end of your lab report. That includes any books, articles, lab manuals, etc. that you used when writing your report.
The main purpose of writing a lab report, of course, is not to contribute to the knowledge of the field; but to provide you the opportunity for learning.Ý That's why it's important to begin the lab by establishing that learning context.Ý The learning context provides a way for you to situate the lab report within the overall purpose for doing the lab in the first place:Ý to learn something about the science of the course you are taking.You should not assume, though, that this organization will serve all your laboratory reports. In other words, one organization does not "fit" all experiments. Rather, you should pay attention to the organization requested by your instructor who has chosen an organization that best serves your experiments. Laboratory reports are written for several reasons. One reason is to communicate the laboratory work to management. In such situations, management often bases company decisions on the results of the report. Another reason to write laboratory reports is to archive the work so that the work will not have to be done in the future. This web page presents a commonly used organization for laboratory reports:Included here is a for a laboratory report. Note that because this abstract serves a long report rather than a journal article, the abstract is somewhat longer than 200 words recommended by the AIAA. Learn how to read your lab report, including specimen source, specimen collection, laboratory accession number, abnormal test results, interpretation of results, and other important parts of a lab report. Lab reports make a great part of any laboratory course and are important for your grade. Your instructor may ask you either to include the report in a lab notebook or bring it separately. It is also necessary to keep the format while writing about your examination.