Selected Resources for: Communication, Technical Writing

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Subject Librarian:

Kate Peterson

katep@umn.edu

This subject covers: processes of gathering, analyzing, and distributing scientific and technical information efficiently and accurately for specific audiences. Related topics are: Rhetoric and Communication, Speech.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Provides journal articles on topics such as mass media, film, television, marketing, business communication, health communication, and more.

This is the primary source of journal article for the health sciences. You can search MEDLINE and preMEDLINE databases with full text access to all MEDLINE e-journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota TC Libraries. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are accessible.


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
Academic Search Premier provides full text for scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals, magazines and newspapers. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and as far back as 1975.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
ProQuest Newsstand provides access to full-text national and regional newspapers such as The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and more.


Indexes, Other

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
Business Source Premier database includes both scholarly journals and periodicals in business, economics, political science and public administration.

Google Scholar is a great tool but does not necessarily have all the journals available from the library databases. Use it in addition to the other databases. Use Google Scholar through the Libraries' web site, or by setting your Scholar Preferences to the "University of Minnesota (FindIt@U of M Twin Cities) to gain access to full text.

To get full text, look for the text link, "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities", in your Google Scholar search results. Use Interlibrary Loan to get materials we do not have in full text or print.

Google Scholar FAQ

Search 1800 scientific and social science journals from Elsevier Science. Note: We only have full text access to a subset of journals. Use Interlibrary Loan to get access to items not available in full text.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

The world's largest library network containing information about 1.3 billion items in 18,000 libraries worldwide. Enter your zip code to see the Library closest to you that owns that item.


Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

A collection of IT-related electronic books from several publishers, most notably O'Reilly. The Libraries has licensed 320 titles from among Safari's offering.


Open Access Resources

Free, open-access index of over 15,000 works for scientific and technical communicators.


Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

http://www.stc.org/
This Web site provides regional and chapter information for the largest professional organization serving the technical communication profession.


Trade & Professional Associations

The mission is "to promote excellence in medical communication".

Organization to support the academic discipline of technical writing and technical communication.

Association for science writers and working for the free flow of science news.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Free web-based bibliographic citation software developed for Firefox browsers that is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. See the brief tutorials for Getting Started. or view the library workshop Zotero Basics.


Style Manuals

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration.


Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

Guide prepared by the Internet Public Library. Includes both Internet links and print resources.


Library Information

Magrath Library

1984 Buford Avenue
St. Paul Campus
Circulation: (612) 624-2233; Reference: (612) 624-1212
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Walter Library

117 Pleasant Street SE
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Circulation: (612) 624-3366; Reference: (612) 624-0224
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