APA Running Head (top of page)
Cover Page Details (centered):
The main focus of this section should be to help the reader understand the purpose and methods, and to identify the reasons these particular methods are being used.
Simple bullet-point listing of all equipment used. Provide enough detail so that your reader could replicate the experiment.
Write a narrative of what you did, describing the steps of your procedure. Do not write a numbered list or copy procedures from the lab manual. Since you are reporting what you did in the past, you should describe the steps in past tense.
Correct: About 500 mL of water free from carbon dioxide (CO2) were prepared by boiling the distilled water for five minutes. Three triplicate samples of KHP with a mass of 0.4-0.5 grams in each sample were first weighed and were then poured into three 250 mL Erlenmeyer flasks. The masses of these samples were rounded up to three decimal places.
Incorrect: (Numbered list)
1. 500 mL water (free of CO2) prepared by boiling distilled water for five minutes.
2. Three samples of KHP (0.4-0.5 grams each) weighed, then poured into three 250 mL Erlenmeyer flasks.
3. Masses of samples rounded up to three decimal places.
Incorrect: (Not past tense): About 500 mL of water free from carbon dioxide (CO2) should be prepared by boiling the distilled water for five minutes. Three triplicate samples of KHP with a mass of 0.4-0.5 grams in each sample are first weighed and are then poured into three 250 mL Erlenmeyer flasks. The masses of these samples will be rounded up to three decimal places.
What were the results of the experiment?
This section is the most important part of the report. This is the section where the results are explained, and a student can show the instructor that he or she has a thorough understanding of the concept of the experiment and the results obtained. The main question to be addressed in this section is “What is the significance of the results?”
Only a few sentences.
This section simply lists, in standard bibliographic format (APA Style), the resource materials that you used in doing the experiment and preparing the report. Internet sources are not acceptable, unless they are peer-reviewed journal articles. Don’t forget about the procedure handout provided by the instructor and any graphics or other sources that you use.