How to Write a Recipe


This section presents a concise summary of what the recipe will teach, focusing primarily on: (1) the outcome of the recipe (what are you trying to achieve, in non-technical terms); (2) the main technical approaches employed; and (3) whether the recipe is based on someone else’s work/code (they should be cited if so).


This section should be entirely bullet points; each bullet point is one required ingredient.

  • Ingredients include technical and non-technical components (e.g. Python and a corpus).
  • When the ingredients are specific files/code, there should be a hyperlink to them.
  • If the work is based on someone else’s work/code, it should be included as an ingredient.
  • The steps should be a series of paragraphs, describing the process of the recipe in easy-to-grasp language.
  • The recipe should be broken into phases, with each phase having a heading and 1-3 paragraphs describing it.
  • Highly technical language should be avoided.
  • Code snippets should be avoided; create hyperlinks to the code elsewhere if necessary.

This area should be 1-3 paragraphs, noting:

  • Any additional key concepts or considerations related to the recipe.
  • Other text analysis tools related to the recipe.
  • How the recipe could be used in the context of a larger research goal.
Next steps / further information 

This area should be a set of bullet points, potentially including:

  • Further exercises the user could complete.
  • Ways to augment the recipe.
  • A bullet point list of related online resources. Each one should be hyperlinked, and the creator of the resource noted.