Sample Lab Reports - North Carolina State University

Your report will have one or more complete sections—the section or sections assigned to you—but it will also have very brief summaries for each of the other sections of the lab report. So your lab report will have all the sections—Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion—but with only a sentence or two in the sections that were not assigned.

Some items included on lab reports deal with administrative or clerical information:

3. You can use either in your lab report, although we recommend active voice since it often reads as being more concise. The passive voice sometimes reads as a longer description of the same idea. For example: "It was observed that the composition of the formula resulted in a more secure bond of the two layers in this experiment" (passive voice), compared with "I/we observed a more secure bonding of the two layers in this experiment" (active voice).


Next (the untitled picture), is a lab report on E-Coli by Samuel Armsrong. Also, avoid using quotations. Scientists very rarely quote from source materials; they do so only when a particular wording is important to the point they are trying to make. Using direct quotations is appropriate to English papers, but not to lab reports.


A good Conclusion takes you back to the larger purpose of the lab as stated in the Introduction: to learn something about the scientific concept, the primary reason for doing the lab. The Conclusion is your opportunity to show your lab instructor what you learned by doing lab and writing the lab report.

Writing Lab Reports & Scientific Papers

Scientific research is a group activity. Individual scientists perform experiments to test hypotheses about biological phenomena. After experiments are completed and duplicated, researchers attempt to persuade others to accept or reject their hypotheses by presenting the data and their interpretations. The lab report or the scientific paper is the vehicle of persuasion; when it is published, it is available to other scientists for review. If the results stand up to criticism, they become part of the accepted body of scientific knowledge unless later disproved.ON SEPT 26, 2015 LAB REPORT WILL PERFORM IT'S FIRST LIVE SHOW IN 15 YEARS. LAB REPORT HAS BEEN ASKED TO PLAY THE COLD WAVES BENEFIT IN CHICAGO AT THE METRO. THEY WILL BE OPENING FOR GODFLESH.LAB REPORT WILL PERFORM ITS FIRST LIVE SHOW IN 15 YEARS. LAB REPORT HAS BEEN ASKED TO PLAY THE COLD WAVES BENEFIT IN CHICAGO AT THE METRO ON SEPT 25, 2015. THEY WILL BE OPENING FOR GODFLESH AMONGST OTHERS.You should not assume, though, that this organization will serve all your laboratory reports. In other words, one organization does not "fit" all experiments. Rather, you should pay attention to the organization requested by your instructor who has chosen an organization that best serves your experiments.