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" Try your luck with the above quiz on Business Communications. Answer the questions as if you were a member of that writing community. If you want to learn more about that community, or about other communities in technical communications, keep reading!"
- Will Garrett-Petts

Technical communication . . . is a visual medium as well. It's important that you think about how you shape documents visually: how you use white space, how you develop paragraphing sequences.

- Go toTechnical Writing Interview


If you want to learn more about science essays or reports, go directly to the interview with the other Professor Ron Smith (in Biological Sciences). He maintains that the field of history straddles two areas: the humanities and the social sciences. To succeed in history, you must be able to tell a good story--history is a "narrative art," says Belshaw--and you must be able to analyze the data.
- Go to Interview with Ron Smith

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In addition to the interviews, this site features a variety of essays offering advice on how to write in the different disciplines. If you have ever wondered how to integrate quotations, prepare for essay exams, or find topics that work, go directly to the research essays now.

- Go to the Research Essays


"Students, . . . when they're confronted with using graphics in a report, for example, forget that the graphics are there for a purpose. They fail to announce them, or say that they're going to show up on "page seven." They make that announcement on page six in their text -- then have the graphics show up on page four."
- Ron Smith, from his interview in the Writing Your 'Self' into the Disciplines series

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"When writing reports and essays in the sciences, we like to be very short and concise and to the point--very short sentences but, at the same time, very precise as well. We like to 'keep it simple, stupid,' as one of our science faculty always put on papers. The way we cite is a little different from the humanities; we'll cite author and the year the author published the paper, rather that the author and the page number that you've taken a reference from. So there are some subtle differences, but I think if you're writer you can adapt to any disciplinary conventions ."
- Ron Smith, The Science Interview

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