Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Primary Research Reports—Planning Guide



Use this planning guide to define the key details for your primary research report. When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself, your instructor, or both.
  1. Find a project requiring a primary research report. Describe that project in the input box below:

  2. Define an audience and purpose. In the input box below, describe the audience, purpose, and situation of your primary research report:

  3. Describe the problem (background). In the input box below, describe the problem, question, or background that your primary research report focuses on:

  4. Describe your research objectives and scope. In the input box below, take some notes on the objectives and scope of your research:

  5. Plan the review of literature. In the input box below, take some notes on information resources you'll use as background for your research, and list specific books, articles, and reports you know about:

  6. Describe the materials, equipment, facilities. In the input box below, take some notes on the materials, equipment, and facilities you'll need to use in your research:

  7. Explain your theory, methods, procedures. In the input box below, take some notes on your procedures and any related theory you'll use in your research:

  8. Plan your presentation of the findings (data). In the input box below, take some notes on how you'll present or format the data that you obtain in your research:

  9. Plan an introduction. In the input box below, try rough-drafting an introduction for your primary research report:

  10. Sketch the headings you'll use. List the headings you would use in your primary research report and briefly describe the contents of those sections:

  11. Consider the format. In the input box below, describe the format you'll use for your primary research report:

  12. Review and revise your rough draft. When you've written the rough draft of your primary research report and reviewed it, use the input box below to describe the problems you find:

Your name:
E-mail this planning information to me:
E-mail this planning information to my instructor:


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