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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:

  1. Overview Background information about lab reports.
  2. Planning and Researching Practical steps to plan and complete lab reports.
  3. Critical Features Strategies for writing each section of your lab report.
  4. Parts of a Lab Report Techniques for incorporating your research and using a scientific writing style.
  5. Revising Your Work Advice about evaluating your draft and improving clarity.
  6. 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
  • Worksheets
  • 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.

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