Presentation of Research Report
Presentation of a research report is a quite important job of the researcher/ investigator. Keeping in view the objective and nature of the problem, the layout of the report should be thought of and decided accordingly and adopted. The presentation of the report mostly influenced by the layout of the report.
Objective of the study, the nature of the problem, the methods employed and the analysis techniques adopted must all be clearly stated in the beginning of the report in the form of introduction. A good picture is often worth more than a thousand words. Statistics used in the research report should be presented in the form of tables, charts and diagrams. Charts, sections, sub-section, tables etc should be labeled adequately. The system of headings and subheadings should be kept simple. The sequence of the sections and subsections should be logical and clear.
The report should be free from grammatical mistakes and must be prepared strictly in accordance with the techniques of composition of report-writing. The research report is to be in the third person. The introduction, data analysis and findings are to be in the past tense. Conclusion in the present tense and the recommendations in the future tense. The pronouns such as I, My, Ours, We etc. must be eliminated from the report. Instead of using he/she, the writer might use the words 'the writer' or 'the investigator' to refer to the researcher.
The system of presentation of research report should be simple and logical. Report must be attractive in appearance, neat and clean. It should be written on unruled paper 3.5*11 in general size. On only one side of the page report should be typed. The rules of margins should be followed. Research report should be long enough to cover the subject but short-enough to maintain interest. Research report should be such as to sustain reader's interest.
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