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Section F: Resources

On this page, you will find a comprehensive list of resources provided within this guide. These resources include examples, printable handouts, and additional links.

Summary of Resources

Within this section, we have provided you with

  • our lab report template,
  • typical structure of a lab report,
  • all of the handouts found within this guide,
  • external links and resources, and
  • activities and exercises.

Lab Report Template

This sample of a Lab Report should serve as a useful guide to help you get started.

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Structure of a Standard Lab Report

A Standard Lab Report is written for a lab where you develop and test a hypothesis and is organized into nine parts. If you’ve never written a science paper before, you’ll notice that a lab report contains sections that are quite different from a typical five-paragraph essay.

Below, you’ll find both an outline of a Standard Lab Report and an example of what a completed lab report looks like:

  1. Title page: Separate cover page for the entire document; includes the title and author information
  2. Abstract: Summary of the entire report, printed on a separate page
  3. Introduction: Presentation of background information, research goals, hypotheses, and explanation for the hypotheses
  4. Methods and Materials: Discussion of the materials and methods used in the experiment and analysis
  5. Results: Presentation of data resulting from the experiment
  6. Discussion: Interpretation of data presented in the results section, including experimental limitations
  7. Conclusion: Brief summary of the report, with a particular focus on interpretation of the data and future recommendations
  8. References: Catalogue of research used to write the report
  9. Appendices: Information related to but not the focus of the experiment and findings

Section B: Planning and Researching

Handout: Key Questions To Ask Before Your Lab

Use this helpful handout for your Lab Report.

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Handout: CRAAP Test Handout

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Section C: Critical Features

Handout: Sentence Style in Scientific Writing

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Section D: Parts of a Lab Report

Handout: Types of Experimental Errors

Use this helpful handout for your Lab Report.

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Example: Annotated Lab Report

Learn more about writing strategies for the Lab Report.

Interactive Activity

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Next: Review and Practice

Now that you have reviewed this guide, you can try our interactive Guided Writing Tools to work on sections of your own Lab Report.

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