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  • Perspectives on Communicating as an Engineer
    is who would own the software who would modify it control it distribute it I told everyone that we needed to stop discussing these issues and look at the future to see how the software would be managed To do this I used a narrative story The year is 1999 and Judy is the software manager in Fort Collins Jack works on the Western slope and needs to stay in contact with Judy The two communicate via e mail They exchange files over e mail etc This technology plays a major role in getting the job done From this story everyone could visualize how this situation would work because the e mail trend was apparent to everyone A narrative story helped in that situation Writing Specifications that Satisfy Codes and Citizens When engineers write Specifications they must satisfy both Codes and citizens Consider for example that an engineer must design a flood control channel in a stream The control channel according to the Code must be big enough to pass a certain size flood Since the control channel is visible to citizens it must also be appealing So perhaps the engineer will plan a bike path along the stream The path will have flowers instead of concrete walls It ll look just like a babbling brook and still have functional control channels Operating Procedures The more complex a system is the more complex the Operating Procedures will be Consider a wastewater treatment plant it s like a human body A plant has many systems a flow system an electrical system and an environmental safety system all of which have to be monitored and operated Someone has to make sure these systems are in compliance with the standards and that s what Operating Procedures accomplish Derek Lile Electrical Engineering Being Hired as an Engineer When hiring job recruiters look for someone with a reasonable reputation They assume you already have technical abilities What they look for are strong writing skills good presentation skills team skills and leadership skills Logical Flow Technical writing has a logical order to it an accepted flow It can be varied but you better have a good reason to do so Within sections you should also have a logical flow I ve seen writing where the information is in the wrong section For example writers placing results in the conclusion section I ve also seen information placed in the wrong order Instead of A leading to B some writers jump directly to B Writing Style Engineering writing has a specific style Open any publication and you ll see that style never use personal pronouns use the passive voice etc It s very impersonal This is the accepted style and I honestly don t know the history of it In a technical paper we can t write I bought a bunson burner I did this with it and I made these measurements This type of writing would get thrown out by any journal Carmen Menoni Electrical Engineering Engineering

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  • Writing for the Web
    to support and help writers who want to design and code Web sites as well as understand how to write effective and interesting content for them Writing for the Web Category Types of Documents Show Descriptions Writing Guides Abstracts Academic Evaluations Book Reviews Case Studies Executive Summaries Poster Sessions Summaries Thesis Statements for a Literature Assignment Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing CSU is an open access

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  • Writing for the Web
    is designed to support and help writers who want to design and code Web sites as well as understand how to write effective and interesting content for them Writing for the Web Category Writing in an Academic Setting Show Descriptions Writing Guides Answering Exam Questions Email Taking Notes Writing Activities Analyzing an Academic Audience Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing CSU is an open access educational Web

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  • What's a URL?
    Wide Web can be displayed on a computer monitor Connected to the Internet you can learn about and purchase a wide variety of goods and services keep up with breaking news send electronic mail as well as participate in online communities that cross city state and national boundaries Each page on the World Wide Web has an Internet address Technically known as a Uniform Resource Locator the URL identifies the kind of document being accessed the server a commercial ISP computer on which it is stored its folder or location on that server and the name of the file containing the actual document For example the URL for the Writing CSU Web site at Colorado State University is http writing colostate edu activities index cfm It s a code or sorts Let s demystify it http is an access protocol It stands for hypertext transfer protocol and your Web browser uses it to connect your personal computer to the server hosting the Web page or site you want to look at ftp is another important protocol It stands for file transfer protocol and is used to transfer files from one computer to another A Web designer will use it to upload a new Web page or site from a personal computer to a Web hosting server making it available to any one with Internet access writing colostate edu is the name of the server on which the Writing CSU Web site is stored or located In this case the writing server is part of the larger Colorado State University network colostate which is part of the education domain edu edu is an extension of the server name It indicates the actual Internet domain hence the domain name that supports the activity education with which the Writing CSU Web site is

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  • Using Boolean Search Terms
    Publication Information Searching Electronic Databases ERIC Education Resource Information Center FedWorld MLA International Bibliography Academic Search Premier Searching the Web Simple Search Advanced Search Meta Search Deep Web Search Web Directory Search Reference Site Search News Search Government Search Blog Search Newsgroups Discussion Forums Chat Rooms and Email List Searches Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Electronic Research Using Boolean Search Terms Named after 19th century mathematician George Boole who developed theories for working with sets of information a Boolean search allows you to define the relationships between keywords and phrases by using terms that enlarge or narrow the search For example Search for writing AND computers Result all records containing both writing and computers Search for writing OR computers Result all records containing either writing computers or both Search for writing NOT computers Result all records containing writing but not computers Boolean search terms can also be used in combination with each other to construct complex searches For example Search for writing OR composition AND computers NOT music Result all records containing either writing or composition and computers but not music Previous Continue Introduction Tweet HELP SITE

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  • Using Quotations
    ERIC Education Resource Information Center FedWorld MLA International Bibliography Academic Search Premier Searching the Web Simple Search Advanced Search Meta Search Deep Web Search Web Directory Search Reference Site Search News Search Government Search Blog Search Newsgroups Discussion Forums Chat Rooms and Email List Searches Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Electronic Research Using Quotations Searching for an exact phrase can narrow a search considerably Quotations around a keyword or phrase will help If you are interested in the impact of computers on writing instruction for instance you could search for the exact phrases computers and writing instruction or computer assisted writing instruction A 2006 Google search produced some astronomical numerical results using these phrases Enclosing them in quotation marks removed from the search all records other than those containing the exact phrase resulting in a significant reduction For example Simple Search computers and writing instruction Result 101 000 000 records Search in Quotations computers and writing instruction Result 131 records For example Simple Search computer assisted writing instruction Result 9 360 000 records Search in Quotations computer assisted writing instruction Result 608 records Previous Continue Introduction Tweet

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  • Using Wild Card Symbols
    Searches Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Electronic Research Using Wild Card Symbols Using wildcard symbols especially when you are unsure of the spelling of a word allows you to enlarge a keyword search The most common symbols are as follows An asterisk which substitutes for a string of multiple variable characters in the spelling of word is useful for including all words with prefixes and suffixes derived from a single root in a keyword search For example Entering writ into the search field will allow writ write writes writer and written as well as writing to be returned in your search results whereas entering writing will result only in returning all records that include the word writing A question mark which substitutes for one or more single variable characters within the body of a word is useful for including possible spellings of a word in a keyword search For example Entering S weitzer into the search field when unsure of the spelling of Albert Schweitzer s last name will return records with both Schweitzer and Sweitzer in the search results As it turns out both are common

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  • Using Specific Publication Information
    Academic Search Premier Searching the Web Simple Search Advanced Search Meta Search Deep Web Search Web Directory Search Reference Site Search News Search Government Search Blog Search Newsgroups Discussion Forums Chat Rooms and Email List Searches Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Electronic Research Using Specific Publication Information Results can be narrowed by defining the criteria of the publication information at the same time as you enter words or phrases in a keyword search Most often this information involves titles authors and publication dates For instance in a search regarding the impact of computers on writing instruction you may want to limit the results to sources published after 1990 Generally speaking most library catalogs databases and publication indexes will have an Advanced Search capability for this purpose In the screen shot below you can see how the publication date of an impact of computers on writing instruction keyword search is defined using SAGE the online catalog at Colorado State University s Morgan Library Note This technique is less effective on Web site search engines because the dates when indexed sites were created or posted to the Internet are

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