Working with Words: Word 97 - 2003
Project 4: Report

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
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Project Objectives

  • Create a new document with a template
  • Modify document from template
  • Insert a file into a document
  • Work with multiple documents
  • Create a table with toolbar button
  • Draw a table
  • Erase table lines
  • Format a table
  • Autoformat a table
  • Select a cell, row, or column
  • Add, delete, and move rows and columns
  • Resize row or column
  • Merge and split cells
  • Use references & footnotes
  • Reduce length by 1 page

Report Template

Report Template

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Before you start...

Project 1: Word BasicsTo subtopics

Project 2: Auto ToolsTo subtopics

Project 3: BrochureTo subtopics

Project 4: Report 
    MLA Guidelines
    Create ReportTo subtopics
    TablesTo subtopics
    Finish ReportTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics 


A report is an example of a document with flexible length, unlike the tri-fold brochure which has a fixed size. A report can be as elaborate and formal as a 100-page annual report on the financial state of a company, filled with charts and numbers. Or, it can be as simple as a one-page school report on the life of Napoleon.

A formal report may include a table of contents or outline and uses references, also called citations, to let the reader know where the information came from. There are many types of sources for the facts you might include in a report. Each idea, fact, or quote must be marked in a way that lets the reader find the original source. To do this you must use either footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical references.

Reference Types


Example using a footnote A footnote is at the bottom of the page that the referenced text is on. The text is marked with a superscript number. That's a raised number like this: 3

The footnote text at the bottom starts with the reference number and then gives the source information.

All the sources are listed alphabetically in the Bibliography at the end of the document. A bibliography can contain sources that don't show up in footnotes, but which were used for general background preparation.

Footnotes can also be used for explanatory material, which explains something mentioned in the text itself. A symbol like an asterisk * or a sword can be used instead of a number if the explanatory note is on the same page and there is only one footnote for the page.

Parenthetical References

Text -Example of parenthetical referenceParenthetical references use parentheses within the text for basic source information, like (Smith 10) where Smith is the author and 10 is the page number in the source. Sources are listed alphabetically by author on a Works Cited page at the end of the document. If there is more than one Smith, the first name would be included, like (Jan Smith 10). If Smith wrote more than one of the sources listed, a title would be included in the parentheses, too, like (Smith   Computer Lit 101,10) .

Footnotes are used for only for explanations or side comments on the text in this system.


Endnotes can also be used for both source information and explanations. Superscripts are used to mark the text being referenced. Instead of appearing at the bottom of the page like footnotes, the reference information and explanations are listed together in numerical order at the end of the chapter or at the end of the whole document. A Bibliography is used to neatly list all the sources alphabetically.

The Rules

Several organizations have published guidelines which are used around the world for writing formal papers. The guidelines include rules for proper grammar, capitalization, page numbering, punctuation, paragraph indentions, references, etc. The top three for American publishing are listed below. None are available to read online. Naturally, they want you to buy a copy.

Be sure you know what style the teacher or publisher wants you to use. Those who grade or pay usually have specific ideas as to what they want to see!

Disclaimer: The publications and authors used in the references in these lessons are not real. They were created for illustration purposes only. Any resemblance to a real person or a real publication is accidental.