Chemistry Lab Reports

BETA Version


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The Lab Report is the standard way to communicate information gathered from an experiment.  It is the primary way to communicate and record this information for later reference.  It is critically important that all chemists know how to write one.  It is absolutely essential for the operation of any laboratory, whether it be a forensic criminal lab, an industrial chemical lab, or for independent scientific research.  Knowing how to write a proper lab report will impress future employers who frequently encounter newly hired chemists who do not know how to write one. 


This web site is a "one-stop-shop" for writing a proper lab report. Worksheets with detailed instructions and descriptions are provided for each section of a lab report and several of these sections also have pdf forms to guide a student through this process.

The standard laboratory report will typically have 8 sections:


1. Title

2. Abstract

3. Introduction

4. Experimental

5. Results

6. Discussion

7. Conclusion

8. References


Click on the above parts to get more information.


Put in a link to a professional lab report as an example.


This site is a collaborative effort between the Chemistry Department and the Writing Across the Curriculum Program [WAC]

at the New York City College of Technology


Content of this site is in the process of being developed by

Jay Deiner, Diana Samaroo, and Daniel Newsome.