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Writing – Information Report Structure

Structure of an information report

Formal written information reports usually follow a very specific structure. The first part of an information report is the title, or heading, of the report. This will tell the reader what topic is covered in the report.

The first introductory paragraph, known as the classification, explains the aspects of the topic that will be covered in the report.

The following information is contained in the body paragraphs. This is where the topic of the report is covered in more detail. These paragraphs use factual information to give the reader a better understanding of the topic. Often, these paragraphs are broken up by sub-headings to help organise the information.

The conclusion of an information report gives any final details or facts about the topic. It may also be used to review what the report was about.

Visual elements are important because they help the reader to understand the topic better. Visual elements can include drawings, photographs, graphs, maps or diagrams.

A glossary is often put at the end of an information report. A glossary is a list of technical words used in the report and their definitions.

The bibliography is a list of resources like books, magazines and websites, which were used to help write the information report.