Reports are systematic, well organised documents that define and analyse a subject or problem. Written with a clear objective in mind, reports may include:
Reports v. Essays
Writing a report is a different process to writing an essay. Essays can be quite fluid in terms of structure and enable an author to elaborate and discuss a point of view or argument. Reports present information differently, a report will be highly structured and formal making use of sections and subheadings. Very often a report will start with a summary or abstract discussing the findings outlined in the report.
Additional examples of the differences between reports and essays can be found below: