- Technical Writing Resources
Accessible through the College of the Canyons Web site, the online catalog will indicate what the library owns and where the items are located in the collection. To find resources on technical writing you may want to start by opening the online catalog and selecting the subject search option. After you type in "Technical writing” as a subject you will see a listing of links to subdivisions, such as "Technical writing -- Vocational guidance". Other subject headings that may be helpful include "Commercial correspondence", which will allow you to find information on writing business letters. The online catalog will provide you with the following information: the call number of the material, the type of material (i.e. book, video recording, DVD, pamphlet), any special location for the items (reserve room, media reserves, reference, etc.) and will tell you whether or not the item is available.
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To find out how to properly cite the information found in the above-mentioned resources, please see the guides to MLA or APA style.