I wrote:

In next section, we review LTAG and its essential features.

However as I searched google, I saw both "In next section" and "In the next section".

While the next section is known for the reader, I don't know if I should use "the" or it can be ommitted? if yes, why?

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    You need the there. Next and former and previous etc are not determiners. Ngram is not perfect, but use it, not Google, when searching for things of this nature. With Google you have no way to know whether the author is a native speaker; at least with Ngram they are published works that most likely have been edited. books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – TimR
    Aug 8, 2016 at 10:15
  • @TRomano thank you, wish I could, Google has banned that service from my country!
    – Ahmad
    Aug 8, 2016 at 15:56
  • You should add some search examples/links for "In next section". There might be some contextual reason why it works. Or possibly just wrong.
    – user3169
    Aug 8, 2016 at 15:58
  • Some countries have centralized firewalls that filter internet content. Are you certain it is Google?
    – TimR
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:07
  • @TRomano Yes, my own country filters many websites, but in the case of Google it is the google's restriction with the google logo telling "Your client does not have permission to get URL /ngrams/graph from this server. That’s all we know.". It could be some laws forced by the US Gov. However, through some software I can get around both internal and external filters.
    – Ahmad
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:50

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It should definitely be in the next section.

You will find many incorrect translations on the internet because there are languages that do not have the 'the' article there (or article and preposition are combined like in the German im nächster ....), and people translate that from their language to English too literally.

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