Introduction to the Lab Report - Resource Sites


Chapter Five:


Informal Lab Reports

Academics: demonstrate accuracy and completeness of laboratory projects or studies

(physical and social sciences, especially)

Business / Government: gather information for decision making; sometimes recommendations are asked for

Have four basic parts; format depends on topic: introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusion and recommendation


States topic of study

States importance of topic

Gives specific question that the experiment or study will answer

Materials and Methods

List the materials used in the study / experiment

Explain the methods used in the study / experiment

Results and Discussion

Present data, or results, of your experiment

Give interpretation of the results

Admit possible problems with materials, methods or results, if necessary

Conclusion and Recommendation

State what is known as a result of the study / experiment

Make a recommendation for action or further research based on the results