Most scientific documents have as their principal purpose one or more of the following actions:
Explicit Purpose Document Types Sections in Document To provide information Reports, literature reviews, specifications Background, theory, materials, results, graphics and tables, résumé sections To give instructions Instructions Procedures, work plan To persuade the reader Proposals, recommendation reports, job application letters, résumés Discussion, conclusion, recommendation To enact something Acceptance letters, regulations, patents, authorization memoranda
Examples of Explicit Document Purposes
To provide information
This document will discuss the genetic basis of muscular differentiation of theMediterranean fruit fly.
To give instructions
This document outlines a procedure for isolating the mechanisms of musculardifferentiation in the Mediterranean fruit fly.
To persuade the reader
This document proposes a study of the mechanisms for blocking muscular differentiationin the Mediterranean fruit fly.
To enact (or prohibit) something
NOTICE: Mediterranean fruit fly quarantine area: no fruit allowed beyond thispoint.
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