Research Report

You’ll conduct research to learn more about certain topics in computing. Then you’ll share your research findings with other people.

Here are the basic steps for the research report:

  1. Choose a research focus for the assigned topic

  2. Conduct your research to gather information

  3. Analyze and summarize your research findings

  4. Choose a report format, and create your research report

  5. Share your research report with the class (and beyond)

Conducting Research

Here are some guidelines to follow when conducting research to gather information:

  • Be sure to use appropriate information sources:

  • Be sure to create a citation for each information source:

    • You can use the Citation Machine to create citations for different types of sources.

    • Use APA style for your citations.

    • Include your citations in your research report.

  • Avoid plagiarism of other people's writing and ideas:

    • Paraphrase your research findings in your own words.

    • Use quotations when directly using specific phrases from sources.

  • Avoid copyright infringement of images or other media:

Report Format

Select one of these digital formats to report and share your research findings:

  • slide presentation

  • web page

  • paper or blog post

  • poster or infographic

  • data visualization

  • video

  • podcast

  • another format of your choice (with approval from your teacher)

Sharing Report

  • Be prepared to share your research report with the class, give a brief verbal summary (approximately 3-5 minutes), and then answer questions from the audience.

  • Be sure your research report can be shared digitally with others outside the classroom (via email, link, or social media post).

Rubric for Report

✓- Below Standard

✓ Meets Standard

✓+ Exceeds Standard

Content is unclear and may contain unnecessary or incorrect information.

Content is clear, concise, accurate, and organized.

Content is clear, concise, accurate, organized, and insightful.

Presentation of content is not professional or effective. Report format is not utilized effectively as communication medium.

Presentation of content is professional and effective. Report format is utilized effectively as communication medium.

Presentation of content is professional, effective, and engaging. Report format is utilized very effectively as communication medium.

Information sources are not cited and may not be credible.

Information sources are cited and are credible.

Information sources are cited correctly and are authoritative.

Research report and summary to class do not demonstrate learning of topic.

Research report and summary to class demonstrate learning of topic.

Research report and summary to class demonstrate in-depth learning of topic.