Conducting primary and secondary research to collect information is essential when creating a technical report. Judy covers how to gather information from subject matter experts for primary research and she explores the types of information for secondary research. In this video, learn the pros and cons for each type of research, such as reducing bias or what makes a source credible.
- [Instructor] One of the prerequisites to any writing…is that you have something to write.…You obtain that something to write for technical reports…by researching, by investigating,…conducting empirical study,…that direct or indirect experience or observation.…Research is organized into two types, primary and secondary.…The primary research may be questionnaires,…face to face conversations such as an interview,…an email response, a survey,…or even a letter that was received.…
For our erosion example, primary research,…research collected first-hand,…would be interviewing the residents,…talking with both environmentalists…and the contracting company,…maybe preparing a questionnaire for all nearby residents…rather than just a few vocal residents to complete,…to help determine how they view the situation.…Talk with project managers of similar projects.…You would also want to do water and soil testing.…Talk with erosion experts and the manufacturers of…different erosion prevention barriers.…
Take pictures as evidence.…
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- Identifying the purpose and main point of the report
- Evaluating audience needs
- Conducting research
- Writing a first draft
- Writing an abstract
- Including methodology and procedure
- Creating a cover letter
- Crediting sources
- Considering language formality
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