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Technical Writing & Communication: A Primer

Get information for a number of disciplines on technical writing and communication, including upcoming workshops.

What is a Technical Report?

According to the Colorado State University, a Technical Report presents facts and conclusions about designs and other projects. "Typically, a technical report includes research about technical concepts as well as graphical depictions of designs and data. A technical report also follows a strict organization."

For more information see CSU's Writing Guide:  Engineering Technical Reports.

See also the Research Guide:  Technical Writing & Communication: A Primer

Parts in Tech Report for ENGR 101

Parts of Tech Report

  • Front Material
  • Beginning
  • Middle
  • End
  • References
  • Appendices

More detailed

Front Material

Middle

Cover Page

Abstract

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Methodology

Results

Discussion

Beginning

End

Introduction

Problem Statement

Objective

Background

Conclusions

Recommendations or Future Work

 

References

 

Appendices

Citing a Technical Report in MLA

 

Last-name, First-name and First-name Last-name .  “Title of Chapter.”  Document Title.  Government Publication Number.    Place of Publication: Publishing Agency, Year.  Pages of chapter. Format.  Date Month Year of Access.

 

Examples: 

 

Roy, L., H. Nigg,and  H. Watson. Novel Concepts For Isotopic Separation Of 3he/4he. 2012. Web. 17 August 2013.

 

Smith, Joshua E.  and Eugene J. Peterson. [Los Alamos National
Laboratory]
 
“National Technical Nuclear Forensics.” The Los Alamos Science Pillars: The Science of Signatures. 2012.  Web. 17 August 2013.

 

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