This document covers areas that must be considered in writing a research report:
This outline is heavily summarized from my writing and reading research papers as well as from George Mason University Biology Department (see original for details).
Use it to guide your research and as a format for your proposal and final report. Percentages are very approximate.
*For a research proposal focus almost exclusively on the starred sections and include preliminary exhibits (tables and figures).
A few words that capture your topic and method; followed by your name, the course and school, and the date. This about this carefully and rewrite it when you think of a clearer statement.
Shortened version of the report summarizing in about 150 words what follows. Keep revising this as your research progresses.
Cite sufficient references to data sources, journal articles, book chapters, websites using a standard system. Err on the side of completeness.
Note: 1) the table has a brief caption, 2) the headings are distinct from the data, and 3) the data are right-justified.
Note that the exhibit has a brief caption (and that you needn't distinguish 'tables' from 'figures'). And the scale bar is quite simple!
De Cola, Lee 2002 Spatial forecasting of disease risk and uncertainty Cartography and Geographic Information Science (29)4: 363-380.
Mollie, Annie 1999 “Bayesian and empirical Bayes approaches to disease mapping” in Andrew Lawson et al, Disease Mapping and Risk Assessment for Public Health, New York: Wiley, pp. 15-29.
U. S. Geological Survey 2008 “Disease Maps” http://diseasemaps.usgs.gov/, retrieved 2008-09-15
Many documents are read online rather than in printed format. Here is a guide to formatting your submissions so that they can be easily read at a computer; the guidelines are designed with MS Word in mind, but apply to any format.
Occasionally I receive ArcMap exhibits in the form of .mxd files. Without the associated data these are not useful, and including the data often results in an unwieldy package. I therefore recommend exporting any map to a graphics file (.png, .gif, .jpg, etc.) in order to share your work.
Any item (physical or online book, article, or exhibit) you copy or refer to must be cited correctly; use the examples in the syllabus, but see a style guide for details, and be sure to include the correct URL. Copying without clearly displaying the source, even if unintentional, is plagiarism.