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  • Guide: Business Letters
    related to conceptualizing and composing specific types of business letters You will also find step by step instruction and examples An Introduction to Writing Business Letters There are many different kinds of business letters each identified by the reason for which it was written a sales letter for example or a letter of reference The hallmark of a well written business letter is that its objective is clearly understood by its reader Successful writers help their readers do this by limiting the scope or the amount of information included in their correspondence Keep in mind that an effective business letter always communicates with a person first and a business second If your letter is a first time correspondence and you do not know or are unsure of whom to address do your best to find out Addressing your letter to a person improves the likelihood of receiving a reply It is perfectly acceptable to make a phone call asking for the name of a contact person Once you have identified your reader and outlined the contents you intend to include you can begin drafting your letter Here are some points to keep in mind Your letter is about business so keep your tone and style businesslike Friendly too but businesslike Consider how you would talk if you were sitting across the conference table instead of writing a letter Try to imitate on paper the voice with which you normally talk Be careful about your choice of personal pronouns when you write a business letter Your reader will interpret its point of view by the choices you make Since your words will be on paper the reader will see rather than hear how you talk so check your sentence structure grammar spelling and punctuation Written words make an impression just as

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  • Guide: Business Memos
    of things to be remembered later Once acted upon a memo is often thrown away Not so with business memos Unlike letters the external communications of a company business memos are an internal form of communication and it is standard practice to save them Their objective is to deliver information or instructions and writing them is no nonsense nose to the grindstone writing Their scope should be limited to a single topic so that the reader will get the message quickly and if necessary take an action Confined to a single topic each interoffice interdepartmental and company wide memo becomes part of the institutional memory of an organization They record daily activities and eliminate the need for time consuming meetings As historical documents they are often referred to when writing reports or resolving disputes regarding past activities In short they speed up the daily business of doing business they keep people who need to be kept in the know in the know When a business organization designs an official letterhead it often also designs an official memo sheet complete with a company logo featured at the top of the page Besides having a professional look and feel preprinted memo sheets

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  • Guide: Business Writing: An Introduction
    the written word These forms include reports and report summaries letters memos and email any document in fact that communicates something about business Collectively they are the hard copy paper trails recording the proposals activities and results of countless business transactions Public and private entities rely upon these documents to communicate vital information both internally and externally regarding the condition and conduct of their business It is fundamentally important that they be written in a clear and concise manner When they are the risk of miscommunication is greatly reduced Poorly written business documents can produce unintended results and potentially disastrous consequences Strong writing competencies can help reduce or avoid this all together Well chosen words well organized and well written increase the likelihood of effective business communication That said business writing is as simple as eating an elephant Do it one bite at a time Think strategically divide and conquer Writing is a process consisting of several interrelated steps Preparation Research Organizing Drafting Review and Revision These steps break the larger writing task into smaller ones Proceeding through them one at a time will help you write successful business documents Depending on the complexity of the writing task they will

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  • Guide: Case Studies
    studies a form of qualitative descriptive research that is used to look at individuals a small group of participants or a group as a whole Researchers collect data about participants using participant and direct observations interviews protocols tests examinations of records and collections of writing samples Starting with a definition of the case study the guide moves to a brief history of this research method Using several well documented case

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  • Writing@CSU Chat Room
    Home Writing CSU Chat Room Writing CSU Chat Room Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing CSU is an open access educational Web site supported by Colorado State University Content on this site is Copyright 1993 2015 Colorado

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  • Guide: Choosing and Refining Topics
    Subjects and Topics Starting With What You Know General Strategies for Coming Up With Topics Strategies for Finding Topics Appropriate to Particular Types of Assignments Generating More Than One Topic Idea Narrowing Topics Deciding When a Topic is Too Broad Deciding When a Topic Is Too Narrow General Strategies for Narrowing Topics Research Considerations Moving from Topic to Thesis Developing a Working Thesis Arriving at a Possible Thesis for an Essay Requiring Research Arriving at a Possible Thesis for an Essay Requiring You to Take a Position Working With Topics in Different Disciplines Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Writing CSU Guide Choosing and Refining Topics W hen we are given a choice of topics to write on or are asked to come up with our own topic ideas we must always make choices that appeal to our own interests curiosity and current knowledge If you decide to write an essay on same sex marriage for instance it is obvious that you should make that decision because you are interested in the issue know something about it already and or would like to know more about it However because we rarely write solely for our own satisfaction

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  • Guide: Citation Guide: American Psychological Association (APA)
    as Psychology Sociology and Anthropology It is not exclusive however and is often used in fields of study ranging from Business to Biology This guide contains information on how to format the document incorporate in text citations and develop the References list This guide is far from exhaustive and for more information or resources on APA format see the sixth edition of the APA Publication Manual or visit the Additional

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  • Guide: Citation Guide: Chicago Manual of Style (Author/Date System)
    Citation Guide Chicago Manual of Style Author Date System The Chicago Manual of Style documentation system is used in both the humanities and the social sciences A bit more complex than either the MLA or the APA it offers two approaches for documenting sources 1 a notes system and 2 an author date system similar to the APA This guide explains the Author Date system A separate guide explains the Chicago Manual of Style Notes System Inserted at the point of reference an in text parenthetical citation containing the author s name and the date of publication interacts with the end documentation by pointing to a specific entry on the References List page Notes similar to those used in the CMS Notes System may be used in the Author Date system but only to provide further information about a particular idea They do not replace entries found in the References List which contains the bibliographic information required to properly cite your sources Check with your instructor on what is expected when you are asked to use this style This guide is largely based on style recommendations from the 14th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style however you may also

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