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A table outlining features of essays and reports in relation to one another.
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This information/resource was last updated in March 2022.
This post was originally added to LearnHigher on: January 15, 2012
About this resource
A report is a piece of informative writing that describes a set of actions and analyses any results in response to a specific brief. A quick definition might be: “This is what I did and this is what it means.”
You may also have assignments which are not called reports but which are still pieces of informative writing; for instance, some dissertations and project write-ups fall into this category.
A good way to understand the key features of reports is to see how they differ from essays as a type of academic writing.
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