ENG 317 - Professional Writing

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Research for Professional Writing

This research guide provides an overview of library resources for ENG 317, Professional Writing.

Professional writing is the creation of clear, concise, and persuasive written content for businesses and organizations. This broad field encompasses a variety of documents, including informative business reports, compelling proposals, and engaging marketing materials. Effective research is a cornerstone of successful professional writing, as it allows you to ground your arguments in fact, demonstrate expertise in your chosen field, and cater your communication to the specific needs and expectations of your audience.

Writing Style Tips

There are common pitfalls writers tend to fall into. Relying too much on clichés or jargon to describe something, or accidentally using biased language can weaken the point you're trying to make. Here are a few resources help you develop your writing style without making these mistakes. 

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