Research Resources
Douglas Niehaus
Steve Goddard

Standard Paper Outline

The standard outline presented here in different forms is a tool that Doug Niehaus has employed with most of his technical writing and that of his students since the middle of 1997. It is relevant for a wide range of, but not every single, type of technical paper. It is certainly appropriate for Master's and Ph.D. theses, for conference and journal papers, and for technical reports. It is also appropriate for proposals, although the speculative nature of a project or thesis proposal requires some adaptation of the form. It is less appropriate for user documentation, but still explicitly represents a number of important issues which must be handled when writing product manuals.