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Resources for the Business and Technical Writer

Handbook of Technical Writing--seventh edition
by Alred, Brusaw, and Oliu.
2003, St. Martin's, New York
Hardback ISBN 0312309236 $38.95
Organized alphabetically, this desk reference is easy to use, especially for word choice, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Buy the hardback: you'll break the spine of a paperback. Amazon discounts the hardback.

Recommended Microsoft Word Settings--don't let your software work against you. click here

Proofreader Marks--use standard marks to improve coordination. click here

The Elements of Style

by Strunk and White
The venerable little book is online at Bartelby.com in a slightly updated version. Browse through some of Bartelby's other desk reference materials as well.

The Government Printing Office (GPO) Style Manual
Pick a style manual according to your discipline or publication. Business and technical writers can usually rely on the GPO Style Manual, and it's free on the web.


Powerpoint slides from select Graham Associates courses,
Business Writing in a Technical Environment
Practical Grammar Review
Practical Grammar Review Answers to Review Questions

Dave's ESL Cafe
Dave's website has many useful tips and links when English is your second language or if you write for an international audience.

yourDictionary.com
This website has useful tools such as the 100 Most Commonly Misspelled Words and the 100 most commonly Mispronounced Words, plus many interesting articles for those interested in language.

Guide to Grammar
This website offers a thorough grammar tutorial with 174 quizzes. The site also serves as a portal to other useful sites. Information about writing process is generic.

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