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Purposes and Types of Report Formats


This resource is an updated version of Muriel Harris’s handbook Report Formats: A Self-instruction Module on Writing Skills for Engineers, written in 1981. The primary resources for the editing process were Paul Anderson’s Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach (6th ed.) and the existing OWL PowerPoint presentation, HATS: A Design Procedure for Routine Business Documents.

Contributors:Elizabeth Cember, Alisha Heavilon, Mike Seip, Lei Shi, and Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2018-03-27 12:44:41

What kinds of reports are written?

How is the report organized?

This format should be flexible enough to adjust to your purpose and audience

Where are reports written?

More recently, reports and proposals cross the lines between academia, industry, and government, especially in areas of engagement and not-for-profit organizations relying on grants and other types of support.

For whom are reports written? Who are your stakeholders?

For teachers

For diverse audiences (decision makers: experts and technicians, executives, and laypeople)

Why is the report written?

Before you write, ask yourself the following questions:


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