Organizing your research papers
Middles and Endings
Language and Illustrations
Language: Being Precise and Clear
Language: Avoiding Ambiguity
Incorporating Illustrations and Equations
Mechanics of Writing
Grammar (avoiding run-ons and fragments)
Punctuation (comma, colon,...)
Usage (affect/effect, verb tense, using numbers,...)
Questions for Reflection
Journal papers and conference papers are the main ways that researchers in science and engineering communicate their work. In fact, one of the main measures for the success of a research project is how often others cite the research papers of that project. This lesson presents five films on the organization of research papers. (24 minutes)
Instructor's Lesson Plan
Forthcoming will be a plan for instructors to incorporate this summary lesson into a class period of their course. Included with this plan will be discussion questions, student activities, and a comprehension quiz.
Sponsors and Editors
Leonhard Center, College of Engineering, Penn State
National Science Foundation, NSF EAGER Award 1752096
Michael Alley, Teaching Professor, College of Engineering, Penn State
Richelle Weiger, College of Engineering, Penn State
Casey Fenton, College of Engineering, Penn State
Organizing Your Research Papers: Overview. This film presents an overview of the expected organization of a research paper in engineering and science.
Organizing Your Research Papers: Titles. This film discusses creating titles for documents in engineering and science.
Organizing Your Research Papers: Abstracts. This film discusses creating abstracts for research papers in engineering and science.
Organizing Your Research Papers: Introductions. This film discusses creating abstracts and introductions for research papers in engineering and science.
Organizing Your Research Papers: Middles and Endings. This film focuses on audience expectations for the methods section and results and discussion section of a research paper.
For the academic year 2019-2020, we are collecting comments, questions, criticisms, and suggestions for the films, text, and quizzes of each lesson on scientific writing. To help us understand your input, would please let us know what your discipline is and whether you are a student, professional, or faculty member?