Cover Page ofThe Mayfield Handbook of Technical & Scientific Writing
Table of ContentsWriting TimelineIndexCredits

Section 3

Elements of Technical Documents

The elements that make up the many kinds of technical documents are often similar in form andfunction. These elements, collectively called the format, include titles, abstracts, introductions and the like. Writers use formats to establish the orderof content in the document's front matter, body, and end matter. The format isgenerally followed by a professional community because the standardization of the document formmakes it easier for readers to establish the purpose of the document, to understand how thedocument is organized, and to compare the document's content with that of other documents.

The following list identifies some standard elements that may appear in technical documents. Mostdocuments, whether memorandums, proposals, research articles, research reports, or design reports,are composed of a selection of these elements.

Front Matter

Title page

Abstract

Table of contents

List of figures

List of tables

List of terms

Acknowledgments

BodyIntroduction

Background

Theory

Design criteria

Materials and apparatus

Procedure

Workplan

Results

Discussion

Conclusion

Recommendations

End matterReferences

Appendixes

Index

Reference Link Text
## Elements of Technical Documents ##
Reference Link Text

[ Home | Table of Contents| Writing Timeline | Index |Help | Credits]

Copyright ©2001 The McGraw-Hill Companies. Any use is subject to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. McGraw-Hill Higher Education is one of the many fine businesses of
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
.
Corporate Link