Academic and Technical Writing
You'll be asked
to do different types of writing in your courses and in
your profession. Sometimes, you'll write in a technical
style for your courses, and sometimes you'll write in a
more "academic" style for your boss. These links
will help you differentiate between the styles and provide
you with tips to help you with both.
vs Technical Writing: What's the Difference?
You hear these different terms for types of writing. What
are the differences between them? At this link, Chaim Chatan
succinctly explains the difference.
Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
This site from Penn State is designed to help engineering
or science students perform technical writing assignments
in laboratory, design, and technical communication classes.
When your professor asks you to critique an article or text,
these tips from Susan Katz and Jennie Skerl will help you
classify and categorize material.
& Summarizing Technical Information
Often you are asked to describe a process or summarize information.
These tips will help you with these writing tasks.
Writing for Engineers
Ronald Standler's excellent site will help you with grammar
and style in writing technical documents.
December and Katz's tips will help you with writing abstracts
of both source material and your own research.
Merrill Whitburn, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
offers definitional techniques for technical and academic
This site, from E-WRITE, showcases (with explanations) some
exemplary writing on the web.
This link to Rice University's Online Writing Lab offers
advice on understanding the speaking-writing relationship
in order to develop effective oral presentations.