Formal technical reports over eight to ten pages contain several components that deserve their own focus because they are important in technical reports and because people are unfamiliar with them:

  • Titles explores strategies for making document titles specific but not paragraphs long.
  • Abstracts provide several kinds of summaries of the report contents and conclusions.
  • Introductions get readers ready to read reports by indicating the topic, purpose, intended audience, contents, and orther such matters.
  • Conclusions shape how readers view and understand the report upon leaving it.