Parts of a Research Paper
- Here are examples of 3 common types of titles
- Question: Can PF Correction Increase Profits?
- Summary: Design and Testing of a Small Power Company
- 2-Part: Power System Operation: How to Survive an Emergency
- The abstract is a short (about 100-500 word) summary of the entire
paper. It should include: goals and objectives, results, and
conclusions. It is usually one of the last parts of the paper
to be written.
- The introduction also has three main purposes. First, it provides
background and motivation for your topic (usually includes a review of
current literature on the topic). Second, it describes the focus and
purpose of the paper you are writing. Third, it gives an overview of
what is contained in the paper's various sections.
- This section describes what you did, how you did it, gives strategies,
sample calculations, diagrams and circuits, and descriptions of
equipment. The goal here is to give the reader sufficient inforamation
to be able to repeat your work if desired. (Of course some "standard
techniques" can be simply referenced).
- This section is where you prove your point with the data.
Give graphs and tables of costs, profits, whatever your data
is. Also give some description or guide to help the reader
recognize your important points.
- Here you state what your learned or proved. What are the
"take home messages" or major accomplishments of this work?
You may also describe interesting observations, new questions,
and future work here.
- A list of the references you used in the work & writing the paper.