How to write a geography report

Written by gail cohen
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Whether you're taking your first report-writing assignment to heart and want to get a great report card or you're completing basic requirements at college so you can move on to your major, there's no substitute for solid report writing etiquette, regardless of the subject. That stated, the world is an exciting topic and turning your geography report from a tedious task to an opportunity to learn about a destination that intrigues you might actually find you saying, "This was fun!" when it's done.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Style guide
  • Computer
  • Internet connection

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    Ask your instructor if he or she wants you to use a specific style guide for your geography research report. Pick up a copy of that tome if you don't already own a guide, though your teacher may be so delighted that you asked the question that any guide---AP, Chicago Style and others---may be just fine.

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    Clarify the assignment in your mind so you don't wind up doing brilliant research only to learn that your approach is incorrect. An instruction to "write a geography report on England," offers a multiplicity of options; be certain you're charged with the task of a physical description of a country, not one of the other sub-disciplines within this social science, like political, cultural, social and human geography.

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    Do more than the required research on your destination to unearth unusual bits of data. Turn to reputable sources rather than popular "wikis" that, while packed with data, are never the most reliable sources to cite when you're writing an academic report on any topic. Visit websites hosted by the country you're researching to learn how people of that nation interpret their nation's geographic heritage.

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    Avoid putting time and information limits on yourself when you organise and draft the first version of your geography report. Write long and purposefully, combining facts and figures into a lengthy treatise on the land you're investigating. Comb through your first long draft to reach conclusions your instructor will look for when your report is reviewed.

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    Begin editing for content, style, relevance, syntax and spelling. Double-check your formatting, footnotes and bibliographic listing to make sure you transferred all of your notes and facts correctly. Conduct a final edit, removing every word that isn't necessary so your teacher doesn't find the sort of "fluff" many students insert into their geography papers just to fill space.

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    Ask someone you respect to read your geography report while you search for the maps, topographical surveys, charts, photos or drawings you'll provide to support your research. Do a final edit and output your geography report, making certain you have observed copyright laws and you'll get a grade you'll be proud to show off, no matter how old you may be.

Tips and warnings

  • Never buy a pre-written paper (see link below) that will not just set you back some cash but could brand you as a plagiariser for the remainder of the school year. Assume all of your instructors submit student work to plagiarism software to avoid this dangerous trap.

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