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BUSINESS DOCUMENT NOTES: RESEARCH REPORT

BUSINESS DOCUMENT NOTES: RESEARCH REPORT

DESCRIPTION – WHAT IS IT AND WHY IS IT USED?
It is a multipage document that usually contains several sub-topics of information
related to one main topic. A marketing research report summarizing the supply &
demand statistics for a new product.

MARGINS
 All margins should be set to 1 inch

COMPONENTS (IN ORDER)
Title page
(optional)

Title

Optional, includes the name of the document the writers name,
the teacher/ professors name (optional) and the date of the
publication

Is required, the title includes the identifying information & is keyed
in the top left margin of the report.

BUSINESS DOCUMENT NOTES: RESEARCH REPORT

Header

Body

Parenthetical
citations

Endnotes/
Footnotes

Works cited

Notes page

Is placed on every page of the report & includes the writers last
name & the page number.

The content (the paragraphs) Parenthetical citations are reference
notes keyed in the body of the report.

Reference notes keyed in the body of the report
Another type of reference format, recommended for use only
when necessary to add commentary or to clarify. Endnotes are
typically used to add commentary
References are used to cite a source.

Tell where you got the information from (bibliography) List of
references cited parenthetically, keyed on a separate page.
Alphabetical.
Used to accompany endnotes, also on separate page. List of
resources & references.

GUIDELINES FOR KEYING
 Center the title in the top third portion of the page
Title page
(optional)

 Double space the writer’s name and professor’s name in the and
center the two lines in the middle of the page

 Center the date in the bottom third portion of the page
 Include email address and phone number (optional)
 Key the following at the top left margin of the first page in double
space mode

Title

Header

Writer’s name

Teacher/professor’s name

Course name

 Formatted to include the writer’s last name followed by one space
and the page number in the .5 inch top right margin

BUSINESS DOCUMENT NOTES: RESEARCH REPORT

 Double-space all lines
 Use a legible font size
 Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks
 Indent the first line of a paragraph .5” from the left margin
Body

 Use either italics or underlining for the titles of longer works and,
only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis

 Double space after the title line and center the title of the report
 Key the title in Title Case, not in all capital letters
 Double space between the title and the first line of the text
 Keyed immediately following a quote or referenced source in the
body of a report
Parenthetical
citations

 Includes the author’s name and page number as in this example:
(Lowery 45)

 The complete reference is keyed in the works cited section of the
report

 Should be used only sparingly and for necessary clarifying
commentary

 Indicated by a superscript within the report body and keyed after any
Endnotes/
Footnotes

punctuation in the reference to which it refers (with the exception of
a dash or hyphen)

 Footnotes (notes that appear at the bottom of the page of the body
of the report) should be keyed in single space, first line indent format
with a double space separating each additional footnote

 When endnotes/footnotes are used, they must be referenced
separately on a notes page

 Used to accompany parenthetical citations
 Keyed on separate page with the same margins as the report
 Includes header (last name, page number)
Works cited

 Label the page Works Cited and center the title at the top 2” margin
of the page

 Keyed in hanging indent format and double spaced
 Listed in alpha order by author’s last name

BUSINESS DOCUMENT NOTES: RESEARCH REPORT

 List of resources and references when footnotes or endnotes are
used

 Keyed on separate page with the same margins as the report
Notes page

 Includes header (last name, page number)
 Label the page Notes and center the title at the top 2” margin of the
page

 Keyed in hanging indent format and double spaced
 Listed in chronological order by superscript number