ENG105 - Technical Writing
This website is not intended to duplicate or replace the Handbook of Technical Writing, materials distributed in class, or class lectures and demonstrations. It is a constantly changing supplement to the materials provided or required by the college. In general, it represents my response to questions and suggestions from students.
Last updated November 11, 2000
I receive email with file attachements from a large number of students in all parts of the world. As a result, I am a perfect vector for computer viruses. If I get an undetected virus, I may spread it to other students. I use the McAfee VirusScan and VShield programs and update them frequently. I have avoided quite a few viruses. On at least one occassion, however, a very new virus got through. As a result, I urge all students to obtain and run their own virus protection software. Whether you have your own or not, I also strongly suggest use of McAfee's free VirusScan Online. It will clean your hard drive of even the most recent viruses.
Brusaw, Charles T. and others. Handbook of Technical Writing. New York: St. Martins Press, 2000.
Useful Web Sites
- The Job Resource This site offered tips for writing resumes, lists of available jobs, and more.
- The Job Factory A site listing more than 3 million jobs.
- Career-Nsite Includes regional job listing.
- A Sample Resume with links to pages explaining each part
- Accent Resume Writing Tips and advice from an online resume writing company
- How to fold a business letter. A very straightforward explanation.
And finally . . .
- The Professional Resume. An interesting page listing the reasons you can't do your own resume--of course they will do it for you for a fee.
How to get the "é" in résumé
- While your letter or résumé is open in WORD, click on Insert to get the pull-down menu.
- Click on Symbol...
- Look for the symbol or character you want
- If you don't see it, use the pulldown menu to select a different set of symbols
- Once you have found and highlighted the character you want, click the Insert button at the bottom.
- Click the Close button to return to your work.
How to print an envelope:
- While your letter or résumé is open in WORD, click on Tools to get the pull-down menu.
- Click on Envelopes and Labels...
- Type the address you are sending the letter to in the top box labeled "Delivery address."
- Type your name and address in the bottom "Return address" box.
- If the printer is properly configured there will be a picture in the lower right hand corner illustrating how you must insert the blank business envelope into the printer's manual feed. Some of the printers also have a picture and directions on the printer itself. If other students are in the lab, ask them NOT to print anything until your envelope is printed.
- Load your blank envelop.
- Return to your computer and click on the "Print" button.
- Get your finished envelope. In some labs, you may have to follow additional steps outlined on the printer.
Where to Get the Information
The assignment requires that you use both the library and the Internet to find your sources. It is a good idea to put bibliographic material in the correct MLA format as early as possible. This allows you to correct or add material while the items are at hand. If you wait until you are completing the report, you might be missing specific information you forgot to get such as a journal's volume number, for example.
The Modern Language Association and "MLA Style"
- Find out what MLA style is and why to use it from the Modern Language Association's own web site.
- The MLA's advice on documenting web sites.
- The MLA's answers to frequently asked questions.
Honolulu Community College lists other useful sites for MLA information and examples.
Useful Search Sites
Use these sites to search for information.
- Altavista You can search for phrases here as long as they are in quotation marks.
Try "average teacher salary" in quotation marks.
"average teacher salary"
You can also narrow your search by putting a + in front of a word to find only sites that have all the works marked +.
+career +salary +teacher
Or mix both techniques. Try +"career information" +accounting
+"career information" +accounting
+"job description" +"graphic designer"
Other useful search sites:
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Dr. Lawrence Knapp