Identifying the sources of primary and secondary research is a critical part of any technical report. In this video, Judy explains the importance of citing credible sources throughout a report and also in a bibliography. Including sources can also offer readers of a report the opportunity to further explore the subject matter. In addition, learn about the proper styles when attributing information.
- [Narrator] Remember all that information you collected?…All those sources you read and people you consulted,…those questionnaires you tabulated…and analyzed the raw data, all that research,…both primary and secondary that you sifted through…and you decided to include needs to be,…must be cited both at the point of including…it and a final form identified either…as a Bibliography or Work Cited, Works Consulted.…Providing just a list of sources at the end…of the report is not enough.…
You also have to indicate the source…at the point of discussion in the report, why?…Because failure to do so results in…unethical behavior called plagiarism.…When you use other people's ideas,…whether through primary research such as an interview,…or secondary research, article, books,…other technical reports, you must,…yes, must identify your sources.…So that's reason number one, loss of reputation…and credibility and lawsuits all…result from not giving credit.…
Failure to give credit is stealing…and stealing ideas is just as illegal…
- Identify the purpose and main point of a report.
- Determine which questions should be asked before writing a technical report.
- Recall the six ethical principles identified by the Society of Technical Writers.
- List three groups of readers that could be the audience for a technical report.
- Examine the technical audience.
- Explain when it is appropriate to use generic headings.
- Recognize the best approach for writing a first draft.
- Name three areas of a report that should be assessed during the revision process.
- Review the best strategies for keeping your writing concise.
Skill Level Intermediate
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