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How to write a passable technical paper

Chatterjee, Anindya (2010) How to write a passable technical paper. [Teaching Resource] (Unpublished)

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In my job I see many students who have not learned to write a technical paper. When they do competent work, I want them to be able to write passable reports. This article is for them. There are well established principles for citing the relevant work of others; for not copying things without giving credit; for not stealing. If a reader feels you have copied anything, a figure, even a phrase, from elsewhere without citing its source, then you are guilty of plagiarism in the eyes of that reader. Committing plagiarism is so bad that I cannot do justice to it here. So I merely say: never do it. On, then, to writing your own honest and original material. Art requires talent. In contrast, through discipline and persistence alone, you can learn how to differentiate functions and ride bicycles. Similarly, you can write a passable technical paper. You just have to realize that your job does not end with research. Writing a passable paper involves extra work.

Item Type: Teaching Resource
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2010 10:10
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2010 10:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/33813

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