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Read Chapter 10--Proposals and Format Reports--for background information, beginning on page 253.  We will be following the format shown in the VCR report template sent to you via E-mail.  When you receive it, immediately save it to a disk.  Why not use this keyboarded version format as your own—it will save you lots of time since much of the formatting is already done for you!  Just change the content and update the product.  Substitute your product for the VCR in the report.

 

Use the documentation format in the template that will be sent to you.  Study the last page of the sample report to see how this is done.

 

Use this handy table technique to think about your project

As a way of visually thinking about your report, consider duplicating your research topic in a table.  Here are two examples that are useful.  After filling in the data, you have a ready-made outline from which to write.  Each cell can be thought of as a paragraph or topic.  In this example, the column headings refer to the models; the rows refer to the features of a product.  Once you have the table complete, writing will be much easier.  Remember:  You do not have to turn in a table to me or include it in your report; the table is just a writing visual for you to look at as you compose your paper. As you write, remember to fully develop your paragraphs so the reader can follow your thought process.

 

Table example #1

 

5 Year "Cost of Ownership" Comparison

20xx Model Year

Cost

Mercedes 190E 2.6

Acura Legend LS

Variance

Depreciation

$8,238

$12,808

+ $4,570

Financing

6,189

6,448

+ 259

Insurance

9,339

6,856

- 2,483

State Fees

1,361

1,381

+ 20

Fuel

4,988

5,106

+ 118

Scheduled Maintenance

4,862

5,696

+ 834

Unexpected repairs

224

155

- 109

Total Ownership Cost

$35,201

$38,410

+ $3,209