A well defined topic/hypothesis is the first and most important step to a good thesis or report. One must do exhaustive research to find the ideal topic/hypothesis, which interest you. The research can be done in the library looking through journals of your major or on the PC online. I would suggest you have at least 20 to 30 references in total from both print and the internet. You will need to cite them in whatever style your assignment guidelines dictate (APA, MLA, Turabian). Please do not copy someone’s work (plagiarize) as it will only hurt you and you won’t gain anything from it. You can lookup how to cite in your style on the net. Hence, cite and write carefully!
I suggest you make a first rough copy and revise your report on the computer as you go through the process. Make sure you save your file with a familiar name and version from time to time as you do not want to lose the precious time and draft. Please pace your work and allow apply time for completion. Do not do last minute work. It will only hurt you.
A good research report has a particular structure to it. In the beginning of the report you will have a tile which should be short and catchy, an acknowledgement section to mention if anyone helped you, a table of contents section where you list the contents, a section with tables and diagrams listed, and a short abstract.
The next major section of the report is the main body. It should have an introduction, a statement of the problem addressed, the significance (mainly historical background), the purpose of the study, your hypothesis, what assumptions are being made, limitations to the study, and lastly definitions.
This is followed by a review of literature you researched and design and study section. Here your research design, procedures used sampling process, methods and instruments used is mentioned. This will be followed by an analysis and data section where you may put tables, text and figure support your work.
In the last part of a report one has a conclusion section where the problem must be restated, description of procedure is discussed, findings are highlighted and a note on what can be recommended in the future is made. This will be followed by a citation (reference) section.
If one follows this pattern to write his or her report he or she is bound to be successful in getting flying colours.