Components of Formal Reports This list shows the variety of components that may be included in a formal report or proposal. Not every component appears in every formal document. Which components should be included depends on the reader and the purpose and content of the report or proposal. In general, a document can be considered formal if it contains a title page, a table of contents, text with necessary documentation, and a bibliography. Front Matter Cover letter Title page Abstract Table of contents List of figures List of tables Foreword Preface List of abbreviations and symbols Body of Report Body of Proposal* Executive summary Executive summary Introduction Product description Text (including headings, tables, Detailed solutions (rationale) illustrations, and necessary documentation) Appropriate headings, tables, Conclusions and illustrations Recommendations Cost analysis Explanatory notes Delivery schedule References (or works cited) Site preparation Training (if needed) Statement of responsibilities Description of vendor Institutional sales pitch Conclusion Back Matter Appendixes Bibliography Glossary Index * The content and the arrangement of elements in a proposal vary; however, this list is typical.
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