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									                                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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