• Layout

  • Macrostructure

  • Microstructure

    • topic vs sentence outline
    • clear levels through indentation
    • alphanumeric listing
    • points that can easily be developed must be developed
  • Thesis statement (should correspond to a choice from the options based on the yardstick analysis)

    • Introduction
    • Methodology
    • Findings
    • Conclusion
    • Recommendations
  • No isolated subpoints (at least two per point)

  • Make sure subpoints truly support the point above them in the hierarchy

    • Context/background
    • problem statement + purpose statement
    • preview of the report
    • research question
    • subresearch questions
    • justification of method
    • secondary vs primary research
    • Criteria
    • Options
    • Analysis
    • (purpose statement)
    • summary of the main findings
    • thesis statement
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