2 What is a Report?Reports are used to present your research on business and academic topics.Example:A business report might be used to present information to assist in decision—making of a business related problem.An academic report would be used to present information about the United Kingdom for social studies class.
3 Types of Reports Unbound Reports Short reports that are prepared without binders or covers.If more than one page, held together with a staple or paper clip.Left Bound ReportLonger reports prepared with binders.Left margin is wider (1.5”) to accommodate binding along the left margin.Top Bound ReportTop margin is wider to accommodate binding along the top margin.
4 Unbound ReportShort reports that are prepared without binders or covers. If more than one page, held together with a staple or paper clip. Side margins are the same.RM and LM are the same (1 inch).UNBOUND REPORTShort reports that are prepared without binders or covers. If more than one page, held together with a staple or paper clip. Side margins are the same in an unbound report, usually set at 1 inch.
5 Left Bound ReportLonger reports prepared with binders. Left margin is wider (1.5”) to accommodate binding along the left margin.LEFT BOUND REPORTLonger reports prepared with binders. Left margin is wider (1.5) to accommodate binding along the left margin.1.5 inch LM1 inch RM
6 TM is wider to accommodate binding. Top Bound ReportTop margin is wider to accommodate binding along the top margin.TOP BOUND REPORTTop margin is wider to accommodate binding along the top margin.TM is wider to accommodate binding.
7 Formatting an Unbound Business Report MarginsSide margins are 1”.Top margin of the first page on a business report is 2”. Succeeding pages have a 1” top margin.Bottom margin is 1”, although that may vary as page-break decisions are made.TitleCenter the title of the report in ALL CAPS for business reports. Quadruple space between the report title and the body of the report.If the title has more than one line, double space between the main heading and the sub heading,WHALES(DS)Their Habitat(QS)Left Align the body of the report.Multiple Line Title
8 Formatting an Unbound Business Report Cont… FontStandard size and style font i.e. Times New Roman-12 point.ParagraphsDouble space the body of the report.Side Headings should be keyed at the left margin, underlined, and keyed in initial caps.
9 Formatting an Unbound Business Report Cont… Page numbersThe 1st page is not numbered.All pages after the first have page numbers .5” from the top of the page and right aligned.
10 Parts of an Unbound Business Report TitleReport bodySide heading2” Top Margin1” Left Margin1” Right Margin1” Bottom Margin
11 Unbound Business Report page 2 Insert the page number ½ inch from the top of the page and right aligned.Side headingPage number
12 Title Pages A title page is the first page of a report. It gives: the title of a reportthe name of the writerthe name of the school or classand the date
13 Format a Title Page: Use single spacing Center all lines of text horizontallyCenter the page verticallySet the top margin at 2 inchesType the report title in all caps and centeredPress ENTER 12 or 15 times (2” or 2 ½“) and center the author’s nameThen double space and key the school or class namePress ENTER 12 or 15 times (2” or 2 ½”) and key the current date
14 Alphabetical listing of sources BibliographyTop Margin 2 inchesList the sources of information you used in writing a reportAlphabetize sources by author’s last nameSources are single-spaced and formatted with a hanging indentLeave a blank line between the sourcesIf a page number is included, place it ½ inch from top of the pageTitleLeft Margin 1 inchRight Margin 1 inchAlphabetical listing of sourcesBottom Margin 1 inch
15 Bibliography—Notes to Remember The bibliography is a listing of works you cited in the the report.Center the title, BIBLIOGRAPHY, in all caps, and leave a quadruple space between the title and the first entry.The first line of each entry should be aligned with the left margin. Continuation lines are indented 5 spaces from the left margin. (Hanging Indent)Separate the main parts of an entry with a period.
16 Bibliography—Notes to Remember Cont… Single space entries; double space between entries.Alphabetize the entries according to the last name of the author.Underline or italicize book, magazine, and newspaper titles and place quotation marks around the titles of articles, poetry, or essaysThe bibliography page is at the end of the report.