Prepared by University of Waterloo
About Lab Reports
This guide will help you to plan and write different kinds of lab reports during your post-secondary education.
What will I learn?
By successfully completing the sections included in this guide, you will be able to
- identify the parts of a lab report and explain how they fit together,
- describe the expectations of lab reports,
- develop a plan for completing your lab report,
- apply research, analysis, and writing strategies, and
- present an organized and clearly written report that follows scientific conventions.
How is this guide organized?
This guide includes six sections:
- Overview Background information about lab reports.
- Planning and Researching Practical steps to plan and complete lab reports.
- Critical Features Strategies for writing each section of your lab report.
- Parts of a Lab Report Techniques for incorporating your research and using a scientific writing style.
- Revising Your Work Advice about evaluating your draft and improving clarity.
- Resources A list of resources used in this guide and additional aids for students.
How will I learn?
In these sections, you will find a Lab Report Template, a Sample Paper, and the Structure of a Lab Report.
Each part of the guide will engage you in a variety of ways to help you develop greater confidence and skill in your lab report projects. Specifically, the following will be included:
- Clear, concise, and easy to read text
- Self-assessment questions
- Annotated lab report examples
- References to helpful resources
- Summaries of key points to remember
Let's Get Started!
Let's begin with Section A: Overview.