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Information Science and Data Analytics

Library sources and other research tools for information science and data analytics

Structure of a Technical Paper

Structure of a Technical Paper

In this session, you will learn about the structure of a typical technical paper. You will find that the structure is different from scientific papers in biology and chemistry where introduction, background, methodology, results, discussions and conclusion sections are clearly labeled with headings and subheadings. The format of a technical paper includes introduction, body, and conclusion. As we proceed, you will learn the contents of these three sections.


After you have watched the video, click on the link below to make sure you understood the most important points.

Quiz - Structure of a Research Paper

Indicators of Main Points

Indicators of Main Points

Technical papers in Engineering are different from scientific papers in Biology, Psychology, and in Chemistry. Unlike scientific papers, technical papers do not have clearly labeled sections. Therefore, you will have to learn to pay attention to the commonly used transitional words and phrases, vocabulary, and the logical progression of an article in order to differentiate the sections

Here you can see some of the words and phrases that the author(s) use to indicate the main points of an article.

Let us click on the QUIZ - Indicators of Main Points and identify the main points in an article.

Margin Notes and Purposeful Reading

Margin Notes and Purposeful Reading

Margin Notes

Reading a technical paper is different from reading a novel. You do not read from the beginning to the end linearly. Instead, you do a purposeful reading.

Watch the video to learn about purposeful reading

Purposeful Reading


Very Important! Take margin notes using the indicators discussed. This will help you refer to ideas, motivations, solutions, problems, and design throughout the article without wasting your time searching for them.

Scroll down the article to see all the color-coded indicators.

Take this QUIZ - Purposeful Reading to summarize.