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Purpose of reports and sources to use


Purpose of a report

An academic report can document a trial, experiment, investigation or intervention. Some examples include:

  • Reporting on a marketing survey
  • A laboratory report (in psychology, medical or physical sciences)
  • Exploring the traffic patterns through a building and making recommendations
  • Exploring the efficacy of a medical treatment

Sources to use in a report

Academic reports draw from both:

  • research and readings and
  • experiences and learning activities such as:
    • Reviewing and appraising group work or work experience,
    • Documenting and assessing a clinical, professional or pedagogical activity
    • Mapping and optimising traffic patterns through a building
    • Documenting and analysing a particular business’ activities as a case study