Example for the “Checking for Variety in Research Sources” Activity

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Use this example to guide your own notes on the research sources you have found as you check for variety.

Books

Markel, M., & Selber, S. A. (2017). Technical Communication (Twelfth edition). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Includes a chapter on instructions with examples. Will use for basic characteristics of the kind of writing.

Oliu, W. E., Brusaw, C. T., & Alred, G. J. (2016). Writing That Works: Communicating Effectively on the Job (Twelfth edition). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Includes a chapter on instructions with details on using “Visual symbols and signal words.” Will use for basic characteristics of the kind of writing and to explore the use of illustrations and signal words. 

Government Documents

Redish, J. (Ginny), & Laskowski, S. J. (2009). Guidelines for Writing Clear Instructions and Messages for Voters and Poll Workers (No. 7596). National Institute of Standards and Technology. Retrieved from https://www.nist.gov/sites/default/files/documents/itl/vote/032906PlainLanguageRpt.pdf
Provides specific details on how to write directions, with examples of what to do and what not to do. Will use both for information on how to write instructions and for examples and demonstrations it includes.

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