Lab Report Components - A Detailed Guide to Writing Your...

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A Detailed Guide to Writing Your Lab Report To be used as a supplement to your rubric NOTE: It may be easiest for you to start with the materials and methods, followed by the results, the discussion, the introduction and then the abstract. Keep your actual report in proper order, but you can skip around when writing the report. REMEMBER TO: Write in passive voice and in past tense. Write for an audience that does not know anything about your experiment; don’t assume the reader has any prior knowledge of what you were doing. Use the organism’s scientific name in your report when first introduced. You can then use the common name, shortened scientific name, or full scientific name at your own discretion. CHECK YOUR GRAMMAR Also, one thing that always bugs me: “affect” and “effect” are two different words! Use them correctly, please, or I will chop off your fingers. Seriously… Title: Short, informative description of your paper Don’t be afraid to give away the conclusion of your paper in your title Bad Title: Meiosis in Sordaria fimicola Better title: Assessment of genetic diversity by crossing over in Sordaria fimicola asci Abstract
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