ENG 3050/3060 - Technical Writing

Brainstorming Tools

Create a Research Plan

Evaluating Your Sources

Whether you are using a book, article, or web resource, ask yourself these questions about its suitability for your project.

Research & Scholarship

Use these subject guides developed by WSU librarians to find recommended databases and other resources for research in a wide array of subjects from Art to Women's Studies.

Database Best Bets

Use the library Guides to find recommended databases for all subject areas. Below are some recommended starting points.

See the Engineering Village homepage and Compendex information page for an overview of the commercial site and Compendex.  Then use the Compendex database (included in Engineering Village 2, link below) from the library's website for your research.

Trade Publications

Trade Publications

What is a trade publication? A trade publication reports news about an industry or profession. Some examples of trade publications are Chemical Week, Aviation Week, and Advanced Materials & Processes.

Locating trade publications:

The multidisciplinary database, Proquest Research Library, contains articles from trade journals, as well as scholarly research articles and magazine articles. Search results are sorted and tabbed by type (Scholarly, Magazines, Trade).

The business database, Business Source Complete, contains articles from many trade journals in a wide range of industries and professions.

To find a list of trade journals for a profession or industry, use the Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory database. Do an Advanced Search and use the profession (ex.,  civil engineering) or industry (ex., advertising) as a "subject" and "trade" as "Media & Document type."

Subject Specialist Librarian

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Veronica Bielat
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Using the Library

Use the library system and its resources to advantage. Articles from library databases and books from the stacks offer a competitive edge over random websites and listings from Google.

This guide is to help lead you to resources (library and web-based) that will assist you in the ENG 3050/3060 course and its assignments.

Searching the Internet

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Citing Sources

The following resources can help with citing your sources using APA style:

Help with Graphics

Below are some web-based resources to help you in incorporating usability and design in your assignments: