Formal Laboratory Report Template

Last Update: December 29, 2006


This is a guide to get you started on writing a formal laboratory report. It should not be followed blindly; your situation may call for modifications to this general template. When in doubt, ask your instructor! For more information on writing a formal laboratory report, please see the ChemLab document on this topic. An example of a completed formal laboratory report is available; click here to open it.


General Instructions for Use of the Template

Save the template to your disk. The template is a Microsoft Word file that you should be able to open from any university computer.


Replace underlined text with your specific information in the appropriate face (i. e., not underlined) and then delete the underlined text. For example, where it says Title, you would enter your title (not underlined, but in bold) and then delete the word Title.


Any information in parentheses is there for information purposes only; delete it in your final document.


You should delete sections that your instructor has told you that you don't need, or that you have nothing for.