Guffey's Home Page and Connections are also found in the textbook foreword as well as my dedication and foreword page in the Syllabus. However, she and George, her husband and webmaster, have recently updated the pages, and this link proves more fruitful to reach immediately exercises and other activities associated with each chapter. Guffey's Xtra transports students to PowerPoint slides, online bonus chapters, and special supplements, such as Personal Language Trainer, Speak Right, Spell Right!, and Sentence Competency Exercises. Click on the "arrow button" provided you.
When you want to do the chapter review quizzes for the latest edition of her text, you should first scroll down and find Chapter Review Quizzes at the bottom of the screen. Click on that and then select the chapter number that pertains to the quiz you want. Find that chapter with the pull-down menu of chapter quizzes. Then, click to the left on the displayed menu with Chapter Review Quizzes. Read the Guffey instructions carefully before beginning. When you have finished the quiz, submit your original quiz (one shot) to me on an attached e-mail. Make sure you include the score earned. Click the Review Button when you are ready to send your e-mail. Remember, at that point, you cannot go back and change any answers.
All these links are from the Learning Resource Center and help you in numerous ways.
This site allows you to check for resources for grammar and usage.
You want to find out how to use a bibliographical entry for an article from the Internet. When you use this link, please adapt to the Turabian format. This link from Purdue University will help you solve this problem, especially "Citing Electronic Sources." You will also find the MLA and APA styles.
OWLs (online writing laboratories) always interest us in business communication. You probably already know about one of the oldest and best OWL at Purdue University. In addition, many universities are creating their own OWLs with their students and in conjunction with current writing courses. One such OWL, I would recommend, is the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a branch of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professor Barry Ousley, Writing Center Tutor Coordinator, has given permission to provide this link. On this site the writing authors include a grammar hotline as well as helpful hints on many phrases of grammar and punctuation. You will find how to solve parallelism, troublesome pronouns, danging modifiers, and sections on punctuation. Visit this excellent grammar and punctuation site for more assistance. Certain writing books are also referred to on this web site.
This site allows you to express slang around the world (Australia, for example).
competition for college students with a case study. In the early years, only one first-place student was invited to the convention of the Association. Within the last year, three cash prizes have been awarded to the first place ($300), second place ($200), and third place ($100). Usually, students are asked to react to a case problem requiring special memos and letters. For the year 2004 entries dealt with a customer service issue. The cases are submitted by professors who are interested in causing students to think clearly and write persuasively about solving communication problems. Within the last two years (2003 and 2004) Cal State Northridge has placed two finalists.
Richard Lederer, the famous writer of Anguished English and Fractured English books, has given permission to visit his web site and enjoy the English language at http://www.verbivore.com. Richard Lederer is the originator of the word, verbivore. You may also want to check Google or an appropriate search engine for Pun of the Day. Many sources also contain Richard Lederer's books.
You may remember one of my sites is called "Becoming a Verbivore." Richard Lederer has given you that opportunity to devour the English language. Don't forget he wrote a periodic column in Writer's Digest that always addressed issues in the language. You are in for a real treat by visiting his web site.
These sites allow you to think about writing clearly. Also, look for logical fallacies and how to overcome them.
In Flow and see the many service Dr. Susan Perry and her husband offer the writing public. If you ever have a chance to hear Dr. Perry and her keys to enhanced creativity, go and listen to her ideas that help artists, writers, musicians, and anyone with a creative bent.
Adams Publishing Company and Martin Yate have given permission to link their site with our material. You may know Mr. Yate as the inventor of the Knock 'Em Dead concept of employment communications. His books, Knock 'Em Dead Resumes, Knock 'Em Dead Cover Letters, and Knock 'Em Dead(about job interviewing and the questions), have received wide circulation. I always recommend to my students to own at least one interviewing book, preferably Knock 'Em Dead, in its various editions. Please check out the following site for more help with resumes, application/cover letters, and job interviewing: http://www.knockemdead.com
Martin Yate has given us outstanding help in the previous three categories.
Check this site for formats of application/cover letters, resumes, and theses, for examples.
Home page for Inspiration Software with Frequently Asked Questions and Downloading Demo is now available.
Pac Bell's site now exists that costs $100,000,000 as a conservative estimate for the Education First Initiative. Also, you may note all kinds of library links.
Also, you will find an enjoyable time with Al Roker (the famous weather person from NBC) and his home page. He even features a cartoon that often has business communication implications.
Discoveries continue to be made on the Web. Lately, I found a fun home page on the Writers' Guild of America. You recognize that organization as working with screenwriters and other folks. For those of you interested, you will find research links, craft of writing, and tools of the trade.
Sometimes you may want to check out a readability link, such as the one for the Fog Index. At the moment, we are lucky enough to have been granted permission from one major source for two different links. Please refer to the following link from the Bonneville Power Administration. This agency has created its own on-line employee house organ, Circuit, that recently devoted a considerable portion of the issue to the Plain Language Action Network. You should look for the link and article, "Write to Reach Your Readers." In addition to this fascinating discussion, several points were made about the Gunning Fog Index. Scroll down and Find 4. The Fog Index for much more discussion. You should definitely read this link when you are doing your readability indexes.
Graphic design considerably affects the makeup of any page of business communication. I have secured permission from Daniel Will-Harris to check out fonts and desktop publishing on his excellent pages.
Sometimes you just want to become adventuresome on the Web. Try out the typographic link. It will introduce you to the history of typography and what those fonts mean. Check the glossary and the bibliography, too.
Each semester students are warned about taking the one-hour writing proficiency exam before graduating. Because our 105 no longer emphasizes the tryout exam, I would like to share a university website that gives you suggested exam writing and the requirements.
Don't forget Guffey has added new material about HTML, and she may have a site on HTML learning. Please check out.
Technologist Alan Levine from Maricopa College has given permission to link his excellent HTML tutoring site for you to quickly learn some HTML. You will find the most helpful hints under "Writing HTML" and "How to be a Webhound." I have been particularly impressed with the lessons under "Writing HTML" about blockquote, frames, and tables.
Letitia Baldrige also details her books and other archives for improving one's etiquette in any social or business situation.
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Last updated May 25, 2006