Long Report

 

ENGLISH 303 LONG REPORT

 

 

Use the Applied Science and Technology Index, the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, and the InfoTrac system as you begin collecting bibliographical sources.

 

Choose a topic in your major field or a closely related field involving a mechanism, machine, method, or theory that could be used to solve a specific problem or do a specific job.  The paper will then recommend the best best solution to the problem or to do the job.

 

            The long report must have the following components to be successful:

 

            1.         A clear problem that is currently under study;

 

            2.         A point of view for study of the problem, such as a businessman, consumer, or patient;

 

            3.         a set of criteria to use in evaluating possible solutions; and

 

            4.         at least two different possible solutions to be compared.

 

The paper must concentrate heavily on a limited number of very recent periodical sources; photocopies of parts of the articles and note cards made from the articles will be turned in at specified times during the quarter.

 

                                                  PRELIMINARY TOPICS (0%)

You must turn in a sheet with your topic or list of possible topics accompanied by photocopies of pages from the above bibliographical sources; highlight the articles that might be used. This is an ungraded assignment

 


 

PROPOSAL (10%) (Sample Proposal Here)

Each student must write a proposal; this proposal should be on the proposed topic of the student's research paper.  This proposal should include a Purpose statement, some preliminary analysis of the problem to be focused on, some idea of the research procedure to be followed, and a preliminary bibliography of recent works--primarily periodical sources--on the topic. 

English 303 Proposal Form

I.       Memorandum  (Follow THIS form)

            PROPOSAL

            Date:                [Current date here]

            To:                   [Receipient--Be sure it is not me]

            From:               [Your name]

            Subject:           Report on . . . (give the topic area here, such as insider trading)

 

Purpose: 
To find a solution the problem of . . . .

 

Present Status of the Problem: 
(a short summary of prior work on the problem, current work being done on the problem, and a brief review of at least two written sources)

 

Research Procedure: 
(how you will gather the information or how you will conduct your own research)

 

Tentative Outline: 

         I. INTRODUCTION

A.  Purpose

B.  History of the Problem

C.  Review of Recent Literature

D.  Research Procedure

        II. BODY  (Use the TITLE OF YOUR REPORT)

A.  (Use your outline here)

B.  

C.  

       III. CONCLUSIONS 

       IV.  RECOMMENDATIONS 

 

Projected Conclusion: 
(telling which possible solution looks best at this time)

 

Projected Recommendations: 
(a list giving possible future actions needed to implement the best solution)

II.      Bibliography (on a separate page.  Follow MLA form)

1.         The bibliography should include about 15 sources, most of them periodical articles and Internet resources.

 

2.         The bibliography must include at least five sources from Government Documents.

 

3.         The sources listed in the bibliography should be primarily from the last two years; it is particularly important that your comparison material be very recent.

 

4.         The bibliography should be written in the current MLA format. I have found Easybib.com to be                     useful.

III.     AUDIENCE ANALYSIS (Fill out the Audience Profile Sheet in your packet or on my web site.).  [Do NOT make me your audience.]

 

 PROPOSAL (10%) (Sample Proposal Here)

 

THE SENTENCE OUTLINE (10%)

I.       Sentence Outline.  Place your THESIS over the outline.

            A sentence outline should be assigned as the second part of the sequence leading to the completion of the research report.  This outline should be used to develop the major divisions of the long report; because it is in sentence form, it will help the student to get the content of the report solidified before the first draft of the report is written.  The outline should be written after or at the same time that the student is turning in note cards.

II.     Report "Dummy" (A mock-up of the report--focus on format)

            The purpose of the report "dummy" is to give you practice in formatting your report.  Turn in a title page, abstract, table of contents, etc.  However, instead of having the text of your final report, you may substitute a stock paragraph or a series of "x's" (Xxxx xxx xxxx xxxx.).  Pay attention to the placement of headings, page numbers, etc.  Then when you do your final report, you can fill in the content.

Include in the report dummy the items listed below :

 

1.         TITLE PAGE (Not numbered; counted as page i, Roman numbers)

2.         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL (Has no heading; numbered as page ii)
Woe betide you if you make me your audience!

3.         ABSTRACT  (1st order heading; numbered as page iii)

4.         TABLE OF CONTENTS  (1st order heading; numbered as page iv)

5.         LIST OF FIGURES (1st order heading; numbered as appropriate)

6.         INTRODUCTION (1st order heading)

A.  Purpose (2nd order heading)

B.  History of the Problem (2nd order heading)

C.  Review of Recent Literature (2nd order heading)

D.  Research Procedure (2nd order heading)

7.         BODY  Use the TITLE OF YOUR REPORT (Used as a 1st order heading.  Begin Arabic      page numbering as page 1.  The page number is on the bottom center.  Subsequent pages are numbered on the top right.)

8.         CONCLUSIONS (1st order heading.  The page number is on the bottom center.               Subsequent pages are numbered on the top right.)

9.         RECOMMENDATIONS (1st order heading. The page number is on the bottom center.          Subsequent pages are numbered on the top right.)

10.        BIBLIOGRAPHY (1st order heading; arranged alphabetically.  Do not number the entries.)

11.        APPENDIX A  (1st order heading, with a title below it. 

 

III.     AUDIENCE ANALYSIS (as above)  [Do NOT make me your audience.]

IV.    Notes

            Notes are due;

  1. 15 notes accompanied by
  2. photocopies of 5 pages from 5 sources;
  3. Be sure the dummy report includes a bibliography of 15 sources in good MLA format.

                    

Sample Sentence Outline

Sample Report "Dummy"

Using Word to Write the Long Report
Powering Up Word for the Long Report & Dummy Report--2005 version
Page Numbering in Word One More Time--Summer 2005.  (This one's shorter!)
Using Word to write the Long Report
Word leader dots

 

ENGLISH 303 LONG REPORT (30%)

1.         TITLE PAGE (Not numbered; counted as page i, Roman numbers)

2.         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL (Has no heading; numbered as page ii) 

 Woe betide you if you make me your audience!

3.         ABSTRACT  (1st order heading; numbered as page iii)

4.         TABLE OF CONTENTS  (1st order heading; numbered as page iv)

5.         LIST OF FIGURES (1st order heading; numbered as appropriate)

6.         INTRODUCTION (1st order heading)              

Purpose (2nd order heading)              

History of the Problem (2nd order heading)              

Review of Recent Literature (2nd order heading)              

Research Procedure (2nd order heading)

7.         BODY  Use the TITLE OF YOUR REPORT (used as a 1st order heading.  Begins Arabic page numbering as page 1.  The page number is on the bottom center.  Subsequent pages are numbered on the top right.)

8.         CONCLUSIONS (1st order heading.  The page number is on the bottom center.  Subsequent pages are numbered on the top right.)

9.         RECOMMENDATIONS (1st order heading. The page number is on the bottom center.  Subsequent pages are numbered on the top right.)

10.        BIBLIOGRAPHY (1st order heading; arranged alphabetically.  Do not number the entries.)

11.        APPENDIX A  (1st order heading, with a title below it.) Example:

                                                                  APPENDIX A

                                                   Interview with William Faulkner

12.        Example of a FIGURE TITLE:

                                                                      Figure 1

                                                     Russian Tractor Factory (3:14)

13.        AUDIENCE ANALYSIS


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                                   ENGLISH 303 LONG REPORT CHECKLIST:

Structure :

         1.  Emphasis on the problem at the beginning.

         2.  Explanation of possible solutions.

         3.  Possible solutions.

         4.  Narrow final conclusion; one of the solutions from #3.

 

Sections:

1.         Letter--has title in quotes; has summary; follows correct form.

2.         Abstract--has no mention of the paper itself; is the original paper shrunken to 200 words.    

3.         Table of Contents--lists all paper headings and the pages on which those headings are found.

4.         List of Figures--Gives all figure numbers, titles, and page numbers.

5.         Introduction--has correct sub-heads; has background of the problem; has mention of possible solutions; has a summary of two written works dealing with the problem of the solution; gives the general research procedure.

6.         Body--Text is divided into four heading levels, following the heading system specified in this course; all headings are placed correctly on the page; all materials from any source in any form are documented in the text and listed in the bibliography.

7.         Conclusion--Narrow; discussed in paragraph form.

8.         Recommendations--Specific future actions; given in a list.

9.         Bibliography--Done according to the textbook.

10.        Appendix--Who, when, where for the interview; summary of important information.

11.        Sections must be in the correct order.

12.        Final copy of the paper in a paper (not plastic) folder with pockets.

13.        INCLUDED WITH THE FINAL COPY:  original topic sheet; graded proposal; graded outline; checked note cards; all other note cards, notes, and photocopies.

 

 

SAMPLE 303 LONG REPORT TOPICS

FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING PAPERS

 

Artificial foot joints

Bank merger regulations

Business data storage systems

CD_ROM data retrieval systems

Comparison of road surface materials

Comparison of materials for aircraft structures

Computer virus prevention

Control of crown gall in ornamental plants

Desulfurization of coal

Detection of wind shear

Disposal of PCB's

Drugs for hyperactive children

Earthquake proof building design

Education funding

Energy efficient home design

Flue gas cleanup

Language for artificial intelligence speech recognition

Lighting in large buildings

Limiting computer access

Mad cow disease