The report should include the following elements, in the order listed:
Letter of transmittal
Table of Contents (including a list of illustrations)
Text of the report:
Body (depending on the scope of your report and its topic, probably a minimum of 5 pages)
Summary, Conclusions, Recommendations (if needed)
Words, sentences, phrases, organizational plans, illustrations, photos, and other graphics taken from a source other than the student’s own expertise or personal experience must have their sources clearly and correctly documented. The only information not documented is general knowledge (e.g., facts or generally-held ideas that may be found in three or four different sources, such as the definitions of most words, birthdates of famous people, and so on). You must use in-text citations and a Works Cited page, prepared in the Modern Language Association format. Refer to one of the recommended grammar and usage handbooks and the course syllabus (“About Academic Integrity”) for a step-by-step guide on how to document sources correctly.
Works Cited page (not a bibliography or references page). Only those sources used and cited in the report should be included in this alphabetical list. The first word of each item on this page must be capable of a “Find” search that will point to that item’s use in the body of the report. In other words, if the reader selects the first word (usually the last name of the author, or the title of the article), and hits Ctrl+F, the place in the body of the report where that “work” is used will be found. If a work is listed on the Works Cited page and there is no in-text reference in the body of the report, then it is incorrectly cited. Likewise, if the wording of the in-text citation (parenthetical reference) is not exactly the keyword that begins the Works Cited entry, the documentation of sources is incorrect. By definition, incorrect documentation of sources is plagiarism. Take special care with this part of your report. Whether or not it is intentional, plagiarism will result in a failing grade in the course and a report to the Vice President of Student Support Services for disciplinary action.
8. Appendixes and a glossary of terms used, if needed.
To receive full credit, the Research Project Report must contain the above components, as well as the following items in the report itself:
Figures or Illustrations (minimum of four), properly labeled (e.g., Figure 1: Top view of …), positioned effectively, and referred to in the text of the report (e.g., See Figure 1 below).
In-text citations of sources, along with a Works Cited page. Every item on this WC page must be correctly cited in the report itself. Use the Modern
Language Association format, as explained in Appendix A: A Quick Guide to Documentation, MLA begins on page 636. Any illustration not created by the report’s author must have its source correctly cited.
Logical and effective use of headings and sub-headings.
Correct grammar and usage.