Welcome to our course wiki!

Throughout this course, we will be building a collaborative webliography of links to online resources for business writing. I've set up this wiki for us to use for that purpose. A wiki, unlike a blog, can be edited by multiple users, so the wiki will allow you all to add, revise, and organize entries easily.

Your task is to find websites that you would like to recommend to the class as resources for business writing. You are each responsible for posting a total of ten (10) entries in this webliography. To earn credit, each webliography must be accurate, reliable, useful, and unique (i.e., not a duplicate of an earlier post). You must have all ten entries posted by Thursday, 4/8/10.

Rather than having you all go out to Google and search on "business writing," I'm going to have you begin your search at two specific points on the internet. This will help to ensure that the websites you find are reliable and accurate.

Here are the two starting points for your search. While all of the sites that you get to from these links should be reliable ones, make sure that you carefully evaluate the websites to confirm that they are reliable.

1. Visit our textbook website and browse through the links at the bottom of the page in the "Re: Writing" section. You could also click on individual chapters and go to the "web links" pages for those chapters.

Note: if you were not present at the first class, this would also be a good time for you to register at this site. You will need to be registered to complete online exercises, which will be assigned throughout the semester.

2. Purdue OWL – Workplace Writers

Include the following information for each site you add to our webliography:

  • Website name with URL hyperlinked: Include specific name—e.g., if it is a page at Purdue OWL, don't just say "Purdue OWL," say "Purdue OWL – Tone in Business Writing"
  • Purdue OWL
  • Annotation: Two to three sentences summarizing the main purpose and content of the page. You should summarize—do not just quote from the website (although your summary may contain quotes).
  • Did you know…?: Name one interesting thing that you learned from this site—i.e., a "tip" you'd like to pass on

Here's an example of what your entries should look like:

Purdue OWL - Tone in Business Writing
From Purdue OWL

This website defines "tone" and discusses ways to "determine the appropriate tone for your message." The page includes many useful examples as well as a helpful sections on areas such as using nondiscriminatory language and determining tone for negative messages.

Did you know …? It is often a good idea to "avoid using active voice when delivering negative messages."

Ready to get started? Just click on "how to add a link." You'll find instructions there!

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