Clearly, the title "An Overview of the Hydraulic Fracturing of Methane-Bearing Coal Formations" is more complete, satisfying, and informative than "Hydraulic Fracturing." The title is important because it announces the paper’s specific content and typically serves as a pathway to the paper’s thesis.
Your introduction is your opportunity to be at your most individual.
Another important principle in technical writing is that the introduction should be problem-focused, giving the reader enough background so that the paper’s importance and relationship to key ideas are clear.
A rule of thumb about the introduction’s length: about 5-10% of the entire paper.
Otherwise, incorporate the advice that follows into your papers wherever appropriate.
Here are some excellent websites for further advice about writing term papers: "Term Paper Guidelines" article from Lock Haven University "How to Write Academic Term Papers" article from Of course, papers should always be typed, double-spaced on 8-1/2 x 11 paper on one side of the page only, and letter-quality print or better is always expected.
When you are first faced with the task of writing a long essay or term paper it can be intimidating, but you make your job and the reader’s job much easier by following some basic rules of thumb.
Of course, if your professors offer you any specific guidelines about writing be sure to follow those first.
Normally you are allowed and encouraged to use section headings to help both yourself and the reader follow the flow of the paper.
Always word your section headings clearly, and do not stray from the subject that you have identified within a section.