News Apr 8th 2016

How to Write an Efficient Lab Report

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Remember that your lab report is supposed to persuade people. This doesn't mean you need to prove or disprove something, you simply need to prove to them that your work is of merit and useful. If your experiments do not prove or disprove something conclusively, then say so, but you still have to prove and show evidence of your findings that other people can check and recreate. They need to be able to trust your work, and that is what you have to prove (yourself).

You need to detail your procedures, outcomes and your data. You need to help other people recreate what you have learned in the future. Some lab reports create an archival record that people may use as a record and/or reference document in the future. It's an extremely logical and time consuming task, so consider getting help from our lab report writing service.

Logic as per a lab report

You are supposed to strive for precision and logic. Remember you are creating something of scientific merit, you are not cooking up a scare story about autism and childhood inoculations to scare the dumb reactionary community, you are trying to prove yourself in scientific and academic terms. Avoid ambiguity as much as possible, especially when it comes to sequences and pronouns.

Try to be impersonal

Good lab reports are sterile and boring. They do not have a hint of style or of a writer's voice. If you want to, you can add in your own style and writer's voice, but your professor and future scientists will look upon it as an inconvenience rather than a way of livening up their job. Avoid the use of first-person language such as "I" or "We".

Be consistent within your report

This especially includes times where your personal feelings about the test come into play. It is also a good point for people that use past tense in their work. If you are going to use past tense, then do so all the way through. However, it is often better and easier to use a present tense. Remember that you have bias, and the aim of the scientific method is to make bias a non-issue. If your professor sees that you desired a certain result, or sees that you are pushing a certain point because you want to be right about something, then his or her will mark you down. Your point, direction and message have to be as consistent as your written language.

Italicize all scientific names

This includes genus and species. You have probably seen it in your textbooks. It is a tradition that you need to continue. Try to stick to all of the conventions and traditions that you see in your subject area. Seeing them ignored is sometimes enough of an annoyance for a science professor that he or she doesn't give you the benefit of the doubt with your lab report.

Consider whom you turn to for help

It is often a good idea to have a neutral person critique your work before you hand it in. This is especially true if your professor doesn't like to hand your work back to you for amendments. Try teaming up with another student and pulling each other's work apart. It can be a painful process, and you will probably lose a friend if one of you is pompous about it.

Nevertheless, if another person is able to pick legitimate faults with your work, then so will your professor. If the other person is grasping at straws and scraping the bottom of the barrel for criticisms, then pretend like their help is useful, make the necessary changes (if needed), and try to find other working partners that do not have such a big ego.

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