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ENGL 314: Technical Communication

Course guide for English 314: Technical Communication

Genres in Technical Writing

This page gives examples of different genres of technical writing, including instruction manuals, proposals, reports, posters and visual communication, technical descriptions, product recalls, and white papers.

Databases with Multiple Types of Technical Documents

These databases contain research reports, progress reports, feasibility reports, proposals, technical descriptions, instruction manuals, executive summaries, and other types of technical writing. For best results, use Advanced Search and include the document type as part of a TITLE search, such as

"progress report" AND solar

then check the full text to make sure you have the type you want.

Executive Summaries

Instruction Manuals

Instruction manuals for consumer products are easy to find with your favorite search engine; just include "instruction manual" or "product manual" with the name of the product in your search.

Posters and Visual Communication

Product Recalls

Proposals

Reports

(Can include progress, problem-solving, feasibility, laboratory, research, and recommendation reports.)

Technical Descriptions

White Papers

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