Computer Based Manuals
APA Style Formatting Guide - short guide is
intended to be used as a technical reference for students at
APA Style Resources - links to American Psychological Association (APA) style guides and help sheets on the Internet.
ASTD Technical Training Handbook - written by Leslie Kelly in a teaming arrangement with Digital Concepts for Business, Inc.
ATTW - Association of Teachers of Technical Writing.
The American Heritage® Book of English Usage - a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms.
American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) - official publication of the American Medical Writers Association.
Apple Computer - Style Guide for Technical Documentation.
Apple Style Guide - complete version in PDF format.
The Author's Toolkit - compilation of reference guides and resources to help authors prepare engineering reports.
Bartlett's Famous Quotations - over 11,000 searchable quotations.
The Canadian Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
(CATTW) - had two e-lists administered by
The Chicago Manual of Style - contains 1,000
pages of answering many detailed questions written by editors at the
Edufind - search engine for grammatical questions and has a Grammar Guru to answer questions.
The Elements of Style - by William Strunk, Jr. is a book asserting that one must first know the rules to break them? It gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
FOLDOC - free online dictionary of computer terms.
Guidelines for Technical Writing - specific guidelines and links to other sources.
Hawley & Associates Writing Style Guide - describes proper writing style for documents written by Hawley & Associates. Good technical writing is often hard to identify because it usually goes unnoticed, while bad technical writing is easy to notice, whether it's spelling or grammatical errors, inaccurate or confusing technical language, colloquial or offensive language, or other problems.
IEEE Professional Communication Society - concerned with the art of clear writing and speaking. Their interests extend to distance learning, web design and hypertext, document usability, video, team writing, visual communication, information design, communication and publication management and production, user interface design, and information dissemination, retrieval, and use.
Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators - produces several types of publication:
1) Journal - a quarterly journal for members only, or by subscription.
2) Newsletter - the latest news in the world of communication, available to all.
3) Books - reference material published by the ISTC and reviews of other publications.
guide.- details of communication courses available in
Journal of Biocommunication - dedicated to serving as a showcase of biocommunication techniques; describing proven and experimental procedures in medical art and illustration, print, photography, film, television, computer, multi-media systems, and other communication modalities applied in the health sciences.
Journal of Cognitive Systems Research - topics in the study of cognitive processes.
Kairos - online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy.
Lingo24 - translation Service that provides a free online English language paraphrasing tool.
M.I.T.& Communication Center - great resource for technical writers, speakers, and teachers.
MIT Writing & Communication Center - focuses on technical writing involving additional emphasis on knowing your audience as well as attention to format.
Microsoft Research - tips that have been gathered for making technical publications in Microsoft Word 2000.
NASA Langley Library - A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors by Mary K. McCaskill.
NAS Style Guide -e Technical Publications
Group, Numerical Aerospace Simulation Facility,
The NASA Thesaurus - authorized subject terms by which the documents in the NASA STI Databases are indexed and retrieved.
Newbie Tech Writer - compilation of advice and resources for those who are new to technical communication and want to know what it takes to break into the field.
OWL - Purdue Writing Lab is primarily a
tutorial center for writers who want to work one-to-one with a tutor at
Online Technical Writing: Online Textbook - compressive online textbook on technical writing.
The Orange Journal of Technical Communication and Information Design - graduate student journal that strives to foster critical thinking and discussion on a wide variety of topics and issues important to technical communicators.
Plain English Network - great set of articles on writing user-friendly documents.
Resources For Student - great resource for professional writers located at The University of Illinois.
Resources for Technical Writing Students - at
Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors -
Society For Technical Communication (STC) individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication - it is the largest organization of its type in the world.
Technical writing and research ethics -has pointers to information about research and writing, intended primarily for computer science.
The School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences (COGS) - established in 1985. Now a leading center for multi - disciplinary research and teaching in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology.
TECHWR-L - discussion list for technical writers.
Technical Documents - an online course at Univ. Nevada Reno.
Technical Communication Online - online references for the Society for Technical Communication. Good references and bibliography.
Technical Writing - good online course in how to write technical documents.
Technical writing and research ethics - pointers to information about research and writing, intended primarily for computer science.
Thesaurus.com - free online thesaurus.
University of Toronto - Writing Resources for Engineers and Technical Writers.
The University Writing Center - wide range of tips for technical writing, grammar, and online writing.
WelchWEB - links to several Writing Guides Style Guides For print publications.
Writer's Bookstore - list of books on writing.
Writer's Research Center - good for finding journalism assignments for freelance writers.
Writers' Workshop and writers strategies - close to one hundred web sites where one can find self-help documents on the writing process.
The Writing Center - at Harvard has several handouts (many of which are online) related to general writing issues.
The XML FAQ - Frequently-Asked Questions about the Extensible Markup Language. It is restricted to questions about XML.
Additional Writer Tools
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation - reference guide and workbook online.
Good Grammar, Good Style - searchable archive of grammar and style articles and FAQ.
Grammar Now! - enter a grammar question and they will e-mail you the answer free of charge.
Guide to Grammar and Style - indexed list of grammar suggestions by Jack Lynch.
The Online English Grammar - comprehensive list of English grammar resources.
Symbols.com - more than 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.
TechEncylcopedia - comprehensive technical dictionary containing More than 11,000 definitions of computer terms and concepts.
U-Geek Technical Glossary - online glossary of technical and computer terms.
Voycabulary transforms web pages into links to Dictionary or Thesaurus lookups. It can also translate web pages into different languages.
Whatis.com - online dictionary of technical terms and has a list of file name extensions.