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Writing and Research books from the library
Useful Capture Tools
Evernote is a free tool that can manage all the pieces of information important in your life, such as photos, notes, scanned images, screenshots, etc. Has a web version, a software version, and an iPod/iPhone version.
Jing is a free tool that allows you to capture an image from your screen or a video action from your screen, mark it up with highlights, etc, and easily share it from your computer clipboard or Screencast.com
Face it: sometimes you don't need MS Word to manage some simple text, and Notepad just doesn't cut it. Enter NoteTab, a robust text editor with more features then you will ever need.
Find Images and Clip Art
If you're looking for graphics / images / illustrations for an assignment, you might want to use these image search engines.
Remember, if you use someone else’s graphic, you have to cite the source!
Tech Writing Podcasts
I'd Rather Be Writing
A podcast about the latest trends and practices in technical communication.
Bite sized writing tips. 5 minutes, 5 tips, with a focus on business writing. From Confident Writing Coach Joanna Young.
COMM-330 Texas A&M University
A non-technical survey about how modern technologies affect human communication.
Finding Quick Statistics and Fast Facts
American Fact Finder
The Census Bureau's premier online data delivery tool, providing the ability to view or download data from the Censuses: annual population estimates, the Economic Census, and more.
Click the Connect button to enter this database of current issues in the news.
A company directory with information on over 14 million businesses, public and private. Can be searched for by name, business activity, size, annual sales, location and more.
Online dictionary and thesaurus.
Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia
More than 25,000 encyclopedia entries covering a wide array of topics.
Find out what any acronym, abbreviation, or initialism stands for.
The following Web sites provide assistance with specific applications commonly used in technical writing.
Making the Most of Word in Your Business—Shauna Kelley
This site is helpful for researching problems that writers may have with Microsoft Word and finding better ways of using Microsoft Word.
The Word MVP Site
Web site about Microsoft Word that is helpful for researching issues and problems with Word.
This web site is focused on Author-it, an authoring and content management application. This is not the official Author-it site, but focuses on feedback on beta testing for future versions of the product and answers to Author-it problems that do not appear in the regular Author-it help.