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The following are selected resources for research in creative, business and technical writing. For more books on these topics, please use the Library Catalog.
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Ocran's Acronyms (Reference Collection: Q179 .O24): This resource lists acronyms and abbreviations that are frequently used in scientific and technical writing.
For information about locating style guides, please see Citing Sources.
Handbooks and Grammar Aids
The Business Writer's Handbook (Reference Collection: HF5726 .B874 2003): This handbook contains tips and guidelines for grammar, format, and for improving writing skills. It includes sample texts and is indexed.
The Elements of Style (Reference Desk: PE1408 .S772 2000): Also know as Stunk and White's, this book contains basic writing improvement tips and grammar help.
Handbook of Model Letters and Memos for Engineers, Scientists, and Technical Professionals (Reference Collection: T11.3 .P3 1988): This handbook contains examples of letters, memos and other documents and other aids for technical writing.
The Little, Brown Handbook (Reference Desk: PE 1112. F 64 2004): This handbook contains extensive notes about grammar, spelling, and improving writing skills. This book also includes information about citing books, articles, and other materials in MLA, APA, and other commonly used styles.
A Writer's Resource (Reference Desk: PE 1408. M 3366 2003): This writing manual contains information about citing books, articles, and online resources in MLA, APA, and other frequently used styles. Also included are tips for improving your writing.
The Writer's Market (Reference Desk: PN161 .W83): This directory can be used to find publishers, journals, and magazines of works in a variety of genres.
The Writer's Ultimate Research Guide (Reference Collection: PN146 .M47 1995): This research guide is designed to help creative writers locate factual information to help add veracity to their fiction. This resource is indexed.
Dissertation/Thesis Guide: This writers' guide and reference site focuses on helping students with their theses and dissertations and covers the whole process from thinking about a topic, drafting a proposal, writing, and defending the thesis. This site is available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic. It was created by a professor at Michigan State University.
Guide to Grammar and Writing: Hosted by Capital Community College, this site offers grammar and writing guidelines. The information on this site is organized into sentence, paragraph, and paper level, with further sections for information on using PowerPoints and other speech and writing help.
The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing: Created by authors and writing guides at Hackett Publishing, this Web site is designed to help students throughout the writing process, from getting ideas, to grammar help, to proofreading advice.
Online Technical Writing: This site hosts an online technical writing textbook. The textbook covers how to write business plans, user guides, abstracts, document design, and more.
The Writer: This magazine's online site features author interviews and articles on writing and publishing tips. This Web site also features a free forum where published and unpublished writers can meet to discuss writing in a variety of genres and styles.
Writer's Digest Magazine: This is the official Web site for Writer's Digest Magazine, a magazine that regularly features writing and publishing help, author interviews, and more. Frequently featured are reference books and materials for aspiring writers.
Writing Resource Center: Business Writing: Maintained by Empire State College, this site has links to business writing resources such as the "Seven Deadly Sins of Business Writing," "Persuasive Business Writing," and more.
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