ENGL 3083 - Technical Writing

Dr. Pamela Louderback

Assistant Professor/Information Services Librarian

Northeastern State University - Broken Arrow
E235 Library (Broken Arrow Campus Library)
3100 E. New Orleans

Broken Arrow, OK 74014

Telephone (918) 449-6453
FAX (918) 449-6454

Key Words


Citation Resources

Library Catalog




All the resources listed below may be accessed remotely 24/7 through the links listed below.

Remote Access to NSU’s Databases at

NSU Broken Arrow Library at

NSU John Vaughan Library Web Page at

Suggested Key-Word/ Subject Search Terms

One of the first steps in creating a research plan is to select “key words” which best describe the topic you plan to research. If you are unfamiliar with the terminology you may wish to refer to sources such as textbooks, dictionaries, and other reference resources in the field of study. Contact your instructor if you are unsure if a particular topic is appropriate. It is usually wise to make sure if you are on target with your topic before you begin to spend much time researching a project.

1.) Key terms to use individually and in combination with each other:

Medical writing

Science news

Specification writing

Technical manuals

2.) Combine key words with Boolean operators (and, or, not).

3.) Phrase terms (i.e., technical writing) can be searched by placing the phrase in quotation marks “technical writing”



Print format books are available by searching the NSU Libraries Online Catalog

**Searches may be limited to just the Broken Arrow campus for convenience. Books available on the Tahlequah campus may be ordered for delivery to the Broken Arrow campus. It usually takes two to three days for materials to arrive via campus mail.

Electronic books

NetLibrary provides 24/7 access to over 40,000 academic books for NSU students. With NetLibrary you will need to initially access this database ON CAMPUS to set up a username and password via our account. Once you have set this up, you may access this site from any computer with Internet access.

Articles/Databases listed by subject area

Suggested Sources for Full-Text Articles:

EbscoHost: (these databases are most relevant)

Academic Search Premier:

Health Source Publications

MasterFILE Premier

Medline (Ebsco)

Professional Development Collections



Wilson Omnifile


Citation Resources:

From the NSU-BA Library website there is a VERY helpful link to a Research Guide which lists books and websites about citation formats such as APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian.

Websites you may be interested in:

Writers Write

An all-purpose writers' resource and searchable database. Includes information on different markets for various writing types and genres (medical writing, poetry, e-publishing, technical writing, songwriting, screenwriting, fiction, greeting cards, business writing, research, journalism), news, author interviews, message boards, job listings, bestseller lists, writers groups, organizations, contests, conferences, and more. Browsable and searchable.

Writers and Authors and Editors: This Occupational Outlook Handbook entry describes the nature of the work of writing and editing professionals, such as creative writers (including bloggers), book and news editors, technical writers, and science and medical writers. Discusses working conditions, training requirements, job outlook, and earnings. From the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).



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Last Updated: July 2, 2013