Length: About 1,200-1,800 words (about 4-6 pages), not including Works Cited page.
Conferences: Wednesday, March 4
Peer Response Workshop: March 30-April 3 (online)
In your research proposal, you should have formulated a research question and made a plan for how you might look for evidence to answer that research question. You will now devote the following month to looking for that evidence, and you will use your research report to explain what you found to your audience.
For the purposes of this class, consider your audience to be me and your classmates. How can you design your research report to show that you have done your research, and that you know what you are talking about?
In general, the more research you do, the better your research report will be. So the earlier you get started in conducting your research, the easier it will be to sit down and actually write your report. (If you have trouble thinking of what to write for your research report, that’s usually a sign that you need to conduct more research.)
Attached is a sample research report from one of my graduate classes. Keep in mind that this sample is much longer than the research report you will be creating for this class. Also, keep in mind that the attached sample is an example of a research report within the discipline of English Studies (specifically, College Composition Pedagogy). The research reports that you write for other disciplines (including your own major), may look very different from this sample. Different disciplines have different goals, and so the research reports in those disciplines look different because they usually do different things.