Resources for advanced technical writing at the graduate level.
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2017
An article from venture capitalist and former technology journalist M.G. Siegler about the credibility of most news sources about technology topics. The short version: 75% of what you read in today's press is only marginally accurate, 20% is outright wrong, and only 5% actually are usefully accurate. He also discusses why it is that these inaccuracies go uncorrected.
Peer review is one safeguard that we use to try and establish the credibility of publications. It's not fool-proof, however, and is not a blanket guarantee. Here are some articles that discuss the strengths and weaknesses of peer review that you should keep in mind when evaluating the articles, websites, and publications that you read.
- ACM Digital Library
This source provides tables of contents, abstracts for selected articles, reviews, and over 31,000 full-text articles from ACM journals, magazines, and conference proceedings since 1985.
- IEEE Xplore
IEEE Xplore is a digital library providing full text access to technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. IEEE Xplore contains full text documents from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, standards, and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications.
- Oxford Reference Online
Reference library that includes subject dictionaries, the World Encyclopedia, and more. Extremely helpful to find and define profession-specific jargon.
- Web of Science
Now titled ISI Web of Knowledge , Web of Science is an academic citation index that covers the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.
Below is a list of organizations associated with technical writing: