Most scientific documents have as their principal purpose one or more of the following actions:
Whatever the general purpose of an overall document, certain sections of a document always have a specific purpose. The following table outlines the principal purpose usually associated with common document types and with sections in technical documents.
|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|
This document will discuss the genetic basis of muscular differentiation of the
Mediterranean fruit fly.
This document outlines a procedure for isolating the mechanisms of muscular
differentiation in the Mediterranean fruit fly.
This document proposes a study of the mechanisms for blocking muscular differentiation
in the Mediterranean fruit fly.
NOTICE: Mediterranean fruit fly quarantine area: no fruit allowed beyond this