When you are writing your report consider the layout and your presentation.
As always when presenting your findings, adopt a structured layout which clearly labels each section and allows for the fact that some readers will only want to read overviews, summaries and conclusions.
We have dealt in detail with how to lay out a report in a previous lesson, you can reread that here in these two modules.
Ask a colleague to proofread and sense check your report and act on their feedback.
So, I hope this series of modules has helped you to carry out effective research. Let’s review what we have learnt in this series; –
- We defined research and considered the scope of the project
- We looked at how to search on the internet, with search tips
- Then we considered how to scope and organise your research
- We defined primary, secondary and tertiary sources
- Then considered timetables
- We looked at types of research -interviews, surveys, focus groups
- Then we discussed writing good questions
- We defined and discussed plagiarism
- Then considered citing and referencing
- And moved on to how to present your findings
We have seen that like everything else, research benefits from a structure. Planning is the key to success.
We have discussed the many aspects of research, and considered which might be appropriate for the type of research you are undertaking. We also observed that you should always interpret what you have learnt from your research in your presentation. And finally, don’t forget to avoid plagiarism and include appropriate citations and references.
I hope this has been useful. See you soon.