The purpose of technical writing

Technical writing should be goal-oriented. It should convey information clearly and include no extraneous material. It should help the reader to find essential information. It should have a specific format which allows the reader to quickly locate everything in an organized fashion. You should consider the:

  • purpose of document
  • intended audience
  • context

If the audience cannot use, apply or understand the information presented then the author has failed. What is the ultimate goal? This should be practical, the purpose determines the format of your paper. Usually:

  1. Title
  2. Abstract
  3. Introduction
  4. Body
  5. Results
  6. Discussion
  7. Conclusion
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. References

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SMILE Technical writing by Marion Kelt, GCU, Vince Ricci, CIEE, Joe Schall, PennState University and Glynis Perkin, Loughborough University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International LicenseDetails on our credits page.