Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2008

For resources related to technical writing, university and ESL students can refer to the Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students, prepared by the Leonhard Center, Penn State College of Engineering. This online handbook provides an incredible range of quality materials, including tips, samples, exercises, documents, and links, and is also useful to teachers and professionals.


  • Comprehensive guide to engineering and scientific writing, with separate sections for presentations (presentation slides, scientific posters), correspondence (memos, letters, emails, resumes), formal reports (laboratory reports, design reports, progress reports, theses and dissertations), and other documents (proposals, instructions, journal articles)
  • Exercises on grammar (run-ons and fragments; modifiers, pronouns, and parallelism; advanced grammar), punctuation (commas, colons and semicolons, advanced punctuation), usage (word choice, verb agreement and tense, possessives, expressing numbers), style (style, headings, illustration, ambiguity, organization), and other matters (correspondence, logical fallacies)
  • Instructor resources, including free slides to teach technical writing and presentations, handouts for engineering and science courses, and materials for teaching slide design
Site URL: http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/index.html

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