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Resources for advanced technical writing at the graduate level.
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The 75-20-5 Rule

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.

Thinking Critically About Peer Review

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.

Databases with Excellent Technical/IT Content

  • 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.

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