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Professional Writing

  • OWL at Purdue: Effective Workplace Writing
    This resource is designed to help you produce persuasive and effective resumes, letters, memos, reports, white papers, and more. It outlines the concepts of rhetorical awareness and user-centered design and provides examples of these ideas.
  • OWL at Purdue: Audience Analysis
    In order to compose persuasive, user-centered communication, you should gather as much information as possible about your audience. This resource includes key questions you can ask to determine readers' needs, values, and attitudes. It also provides useful charts to help you with your audience analysis.
  • Strategies to Succeed in Technical Writing
    The free online lessons at this site are designed to help you improve your skills in technical writing. The resource covers success requirements, developing technical documentation, using tools, ISO 9000 documents, and information regarding employment in this field.
  • Online Technical Writing: Instructions
    This resource focuses specifically on one of the most important uses of technical writing—instructions.
  • Online Technical Writing: Spelling Problems
    This resource looks at spelling problems in the context of technical writing.
  • Writing for the Web
    This resource provides an annotated list of links to websites that focus exclusively on writing for the Web.