Reports may be categorized broadly as Technical Reports and General Reports based on the nature of methods, terms of reference and the extent of in-depth enquiry made etc.
Types of reports
Reports may be categorized
broadly as Technical Reports and General Reports based on the nature of
methods, terms of reference and the extent of in-depth enquiry made etc. On the
basis of usage pattern, the reports may also be classified as information
oriented reports, decision oriented reports and research based reports.
Further, reports may also differ based on the communication situation. For
example, the reports may be in the form of Memo, which is appropriate for
informal situations or for short periods. On the other hand, the projects that
extend over a period of time, often call for project reports. Thus, there is no
standard format of reports. The most important thing that helps in classifying
the reports is the outline of its purpose and answers for the following
1. What did you do?
2. Why did you choose the particular
research method that you used?
3. What did you learn and what are
the implications of what you learned?
4. If you are writing a
recommendation report, what action are you recommending in response to what you
learned? Two types
of report formats are described below:
A. Technical Reports
B. General Reports
Tags : Research Methodology - Types Of Reports: Characteristics Of Good Research Report
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