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Guide to Writing Report

1. Learn How to Write a Report

Kyoto university libraries have a lot of books for report writing.
As a first step, learn how to write and structure an academic report from these books.

Kyoto university libraries hold regular workshops on report writing.
Please join us!

Search for Books

To search for books, use Kyoto university library online catalogue KULINE.
Following tags are attached to books and e-books that are recommended to read before writing a report.

Find books you need by searching these tags.
Refining by holding library, you can easily find the books which are at your frequently-used library or meet your needs.

Details about KULINE

Join Workshop

Main Library

Main Library has Learning Support Desk run by graduate students.
Graduate students support your learning.
You can ask them about your troubles with learning.

Yoshida-South Library

Yoshida-South Library has a variety of workshops and events through the year.
Check the library website news or Twitter for the latest information.

2. Search for the literature about your topic

It is important to collect previous studies which will give you an overview of the research field in order to write a good report.
The previous studies will show you what to do on your report.
After learning a basic structure of report, search for items which help you understand your topic.

How to choose items

  • Search for the literature to which your professor referred in your class.
    In addition see the bibliography list in it.
  • Search on the KULINE by your research topic and related keywords.

Reference Guide "The Basics of Collecting Documents" 日本語 / English

Searching on databases

You can search on databases for electronic information and statistics as well as printed books.
For example, past articles in newspaper retrieved from a newspaper database may be useful for your research.

3. Make a Reference List

At the end of your report, you MUST give information about references on which you based your report.
The aim at a reference list is the followings.

  • to distinguish your own ideas and findings from those you have drawn from the work of others
  • to pay tribute to previous researches/li>
  • to clarify citation
  • to enable readers to find your sources

How to write a reference

There are many different referencing conventions.
Please see the following page for a specific style guide.

Specific Style Guide