This article provides a framework for organizing and structuring the research of historical researchers who analyze technical and scientific publications. Because historical research spans both decades and centuries, an effective research methodology is essential. The framework consists of a multifaceted 10-step method for studying the written discourse of scientific and technical communication, specifically for interpreting historical data obtained from articles published in technical and scientific journals. The method is a reliable means for making sense of the enormous body of data that awaits historical researchers in the volumes of scientific and technical discourse already published.
This document was originally published by IEEE in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1109/47.988360
Battalio, John T.. (2002). "A Methodology for Streamlining Historical Research: The Analysis of Technical and Scientific Publications". IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 45(1), 21-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/47.988360