English 3083 - Technical Writing
Where do I go for help?
If you need assistance, please go to the Reserve Desk on the first
floor of the library and ask for a specific librarian. The librarians are trained to answer your
questions about doing library research and represent specific disciplines.
The librarians and their subject areas are listed below:
Mass Comm, English, Art, Foreign Language, Theater
Sarah Burkhead (ext. 3262, firstname.lastname@example.org)--Education & Psychology
Gary Cheatham (ext. 3265, email@example.com)--Business, Technology, MIS, and Social Sciences
Sandra Martin (ext. 3263, firstname.lastname@example.org)--Health Sciences (Nursing, Optometry, Speech Pathology)
Brandon Oberg (ext. 3260, email@example.com)--Math, Science, and Computer
Science,Mass Comm, English, Art, Foreign Language, Theater
Students who need help with microfiche or periodicals on the second floor may go to the Reserve Desk (first floor, north entrance) and a student assistant will go to the second floor with them.
Where are materials located in the library?
library hours , BA library hours,
Muskogee library hours
The library maps
How materials are organized
Our collections are reflective of the curriculum taught at NSU. Your ID card is your library card, and books circulate for three weeks with an optional renewal. Call Circulation at ext. #3391 to renew books. Periodicals and Reference books do not circulate. Compact disks and DVDs circulate for one week. A photocopier and a scanner are available near the Reserve Desk on the first floor (north entrance). The Reserve Desk is located on the first floor (north entrance). Materials are placed there by professors and include information in all formats. The faculty members determine what items are placed on Reserve as well as the loan periods.
How do I get started?
After defining your topic, identify the type(s) of resources that would
be useful and construct a search strategy. For example, for current
information, (listed from most current to less current) choose
magazines, and journals. For definitions, histories, theories, trends,
how-to sources, use books. To find a unique angle for a topic, read as
sources as possible from a wide variety of tools (magazines,
Internet, newspapers, etc.) Combine this with your personal interests
unique hobbies to make the topic your own.
How can I locate information in books, periodicals, and Internet?
To find books on a subject, use the Library Catalog. For instance, you can do a subject search on technical writing. For books on computer languages do a subject search on the language, "C++ Computer Program Language."
Examples of books on technical writing include the
following: The Business
Writer's Handbook, How to Write a Manual, and The
Elements of Technical Writing, (T11 .P392 2001)
Successfully in Science. For general writing exercises, try http://writing.eng.vt.edu/exercises/
Periodicals are in electronic format, paper, bound, and microform.
All of the periodicals, except the electronic titles, are located on
the second floor by subject. In general, the business periodicals are
in the HF's
and the scientific journals are in the Q's (except QA which is Math and
QA 75.5 which is computers). MIS materials are in HD 30, HF 5700 as
well at the T 57-58. If you need help with the periodicals, ask
the student assistants at the Reserve Desk at the north entrance of
On the second floor, consult the journal entitled, Journal of Technical Writing and
Communication (Per. T 11.J66). This journal includes articles on
documentation. It also contains articles on writing for computer
manuals, Engineering, Business, and Scientific publications. On
Internet, the Writer's
Block http://www.writersblock.ca/ is a quarterly newsletter
deals with technical writing and documentation.
When approaching a database, look for help screens for complete
information on how to search it effectively. Check for scope
notes that identify the contents of the database. For instance,
what dates and types of materials are included in the database. Check
for ways to search and limit the search. Can it be searched by
full text and subject? Can
the search be limited by date, language or full text? Check for an
online thesaurus to help identify how the index defines
terms. Does the database use remedial reading or developmental
reading? Knowing the terms in the database can help increase the
effectiveness of the search.
Periodicals: North American Journal of Fisheries Management Per. SH 221.N67
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Per. SH 1.A51
Oklahoma Game and Fish Per. SK 1.O553
Outdoor Oklahoman Per. SK 437.O8
Computer (CIS, MIS):
PC Magazine Per. QA 76.8.I1015
PC World Per. QA 76.8.I126P3
Wired Per. TK 5105.5.W57
For articles dealing with MIS use, ABI/INFORM on Proquest
For articles on CIS, use Applied Science and Technology
A good search engine to use is google
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (http://www.attw.org/default.asp)
The Official Techwr-L (http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/index.html)
Society for Technical Communication http://www.stc.org/
Internet: American Fisheries Society
American Fisheries Society, Southern Division
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife--Fishing
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
How would I locate information about jobs in specific fields?
Try the Occupational
Outlook Handbook Ref. HF 5381.U62 or the Encyclopedia of Careers Ref.
One of the best resources for locating jobs would be newspapers.
Most companies hire students with a variety of majors. Trade
journals in the discipline) can list job openings. Some companies list
openings on their Web page. Find the company addresses and contact
through directories or the company's Web site. Try also, computerjobs.com. For
assistance in writing letters, try Cover Letter Magic (HF5383 .E4787 2010)
or resume books.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Jobs
American Society of Fisheries Jobs
How can I locate materials about a business?
To get an overview to reference materials about business, consult
following reference book:
Business Information: How to Find It, How to Use It (Ref. HF 5356.L36 1992)
Dictionary of Business Terms Ref. HF 1001.F78 1994
How to Research an Industry
NAICS Ref. HF 1042.N6 1998
For information about companies, check the Library's Finance page.
On the Library Catalog, search the subject business writing.
*Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations... Ref. HG 4057.A4
Thomas Register Ref. T 12.T6
Do a google search on the name of the company to locate the company's home page.
International Directory of Company Histories Ref. HD 2721.D36
FINANCIAL INFORMATION ABOUT A COMPANY:
Thomson One Banker
INDUSTRY SURVEYS, CORPORATE COMPARISONS, OUTLOOK, ETC.:
Dun's Business Rankings Ref. HG 4057.A237
Market Share Reporter Ref. HF 5410.M37
Predicast's Basebook Ref. HA 214.P73a
RMA Annual Statement Studies Ref. HF 5681.B2R58
U.S. Industry and Trade Outlook Ref. HC 101.U54
See indexes listed below for articles about an industry.
PERIODICAL ARTICLES ABOUT A COMPANY:
Other information available about a company include trademark
information, stocks, and bond materials. For stocks, see ValueLine.
What computers are available to students?
The library has two computer labs on first floor (L105 and L118).
Laptops are available at the Reserve Desk to be checked out and used in
the library with our wireless network. All students are welcome to use
these computers. There are two printers available. There is no
charge for printing in the library, but we do have a print limit of 400
pages a semester. An extra 100 copies can be purchased for $5.00
at the Reserve Desk.
Where can I get materials (books or periodicals) that are not available at NSU?
is available free to all NSU students, faculty, and staff for materials
not available at NSU. Requests
are made online, and can take two weeks to fill. You will
be notified (you designate the method) when materials are available.
How do I cite sources?
APA and MLA are two of the standard sources used for citing materials.
Your professor and the requirements of the discipline (publishers
of journal articles define how bibliographic entries are to be
written.) determine which style manual is used. Both use the same
basic information from a source, but
they put the information in a different order. Try KnightCite Citation Service and Purdue's OWL for help.
How can I access these pages from the Library home page?
From the NSU home page, click on
the Library link under Academics. From the Library home page, the Library Catalog is available as
a link on the left side of the page under Research. The databases are listed under Research, Articles and Databases.
The databases are available from off site with your NSU NT password and
SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
Instructor of Library Services
Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
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Last Updated: 08/02/2012