Writing

Florida Tech’s Online Writing, Research, and Design Center offers writing/composition support for all students, faculty, and staff. 

Tutorials, examples, and templates for academic and professional compositions are offered to undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff.  This online resource is designed to help quickly and thoroughly address writing inquiries, and can replace in-person tutoring in some cases.

If one-on-one in-person, or remote, assistance is needed, the Academic Support Center can help. 

Business Writing

White Papers & Background Papers (or Position Papers):   These outline a company’s position on an issue or topic. 

Policy Reports:  These can be brief descriptions or hundreds of pages that describe a company’s procedures; can also be in manual form.

Letters and memos:   Letters are brief written messages in a distinct format sent to individuals and agencies outside a company.  Memos are internal documents that are used to convey information within an organization.  Both letters and memos demand a specific format that is sometimes adjusted to a company’s preference.  For instance, the U.S. military uses both memos and letters but the format is slightly different from civilian formats.

Template:

Writing for College Classes & Reports

Writing for college courses often involves the MLA or APA formatted research paper.  College course writing may also include creative writing, reports (such as lab reports), procedures, and presentations.  Often, templates can provide the format and framework for different writing challenges. When templates are not perfectly aligned with the assignment purpose, some templates can serve as an example of how to manage the information within a report.

Scientific and technical reports

The general contents of reports include: Writing as an Engineer or Scientist-Sample Report Format 

Cover, Title Fly, Title Page, Letter of Transmittal, Table of Contents, List of Illustrations, Synopsis or Executive Summary.

The general contents of a proposal include:

Cover, title fly, title page; Copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP); Synopsis or Executive Summary; Letter of Transmittal

Supplementary elements that may be included:  Appendixes; Bibliography; Index; Resumes of key players

Templates

Classroom and professional presentations: Writing for presentations is very specific and can involve a speech outline or slide presentation.  In all situations, writing is specific to the medium and careful attention to brevity is necessary.  Many presentations are enhanced by integrating other means to convey information such as video and audio.  For more information beyond the writing aspect of presentations, consult the Design feature of the OWRDC.

CVs/Resumes, Cover Letters: 

Resumes and the cover letters that accompany them remain the standard means to tell a potential employer about your ability to get a job done.  It is always best to write from the perspective of the employer, and offer information that indicates that you are a quality hire.  Employers want to know if you are reliable and motivated, and that you are qualified to do the job.  The resume and cover letter are ways to convey that message in advance of an interview.  It is important to carefully craft a resume and tailor it to the particular job, and to ensure that keywords are included that correspond with the job announcement.  Cover letters should be in proper business letter format, and they should convey what you can do for the company.  This takes some research into the company’s mission, vision, values, and motivations.  The cover letter can convey that you have done your homework in discovering what the company needs and appreciates.

Template:

English Language Learning (ESL) 

When English is a second language for writers, sometimes help from an online writing center that offers tutorials and exercises is helpful.  In-person face-to-face help in ESL is available through the Academic Support Center, and there are tutors who can also help. 

Grant/Funding Writing

Applying for, and writing a grant requires a particular skill and format.  Grants are monies provided for specific purposes and do not have to be paid back.  However, there are often specific conditions under which grants can be obtained and maintained.  

 

Journal Articles

Professional and academic journals are periodical publications that further scholarship within a particular discipline.  Within these journals are vocabulary and topics that are unique to the particular area they serve.  Scholars and professionals rely on journals to be carefully peer-reviewed so that the content is reliable and credible.  As such, these publications serve as sources to provide support and they are outlets for studies and research conducted by scholars and professionals.

STEM Writing in a STEM discipline can involve compiling reports, crafting executive summaries, and completing detailed research proposals and summaries.  In many ways, STEM writing is specific to its particular discipline.  Writing as an Engineer or Scientist

Literature Review

This can accompany a large research paper, stand on its own, or be the precursor toward a capstone or dissertation/thesis.  It is a review of the studies and articles written on a subject and can be current or show a historical trend.  Done early, a literature review can help a scholar further refine his/her approach to a research project. 

Public Relations/Media News Release

To publicize your research, organization or club activities, you may wish to consider a news release sent to the appropriate media outline.  Here is a tutorial on how to write a news release: 

Publishing  

There comes a time in a professional and academic experience when publishing one’s work becomes a goal.  The Evans Library participates in ORCID which is Open Researcher and Contributor ID to help writers research.  The library also offers tools and website links that help writers find journals and there is a guide for publishing in journals. 

Authorship:  GradTrack - Authorship 

Research Paper

Research papers involve the exploration of topics using credible sources as support.  They vary in length according to the breadth and depth expected by individual instructors.  Writers can make a research paper stand out as exceptional by including a variety of sources, using signal phrases to introduce and justify sources, including transitional words and phrases within and between paragraphs, using headings and subheadings effectively, using up-to-date sources, and including trend analyses when appropriate, and including graphic elements that convey data more effectively than text can.

Formulating a research question: All research starts with inquiry. 

Template:

 Using signposts/signal phrases and transitional words and phrases:  Topic Sentences and Signposting 

Writing for Senior Design:

With each design project, writing is an integral part and often the beginning of the project.  Each college within the university has specific senior design requirements, but many of the aspects of writing remain consistent.  The writing aspects of a senior design project might include:  A research statement; research proposal; procedures and processes; laboratory reports; graphics; poster design, etc.  https://www.fit.edu/engineering-and-science/academics-and-learning/student-design-and-research/

Research Plan or Proposal https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/07/writing-research-plan

Data Management Plan:  https://libguides.lib.fit.edu/c.php?g=427678&p=2919776

Research and Teaching Statements:  A research statement is created to inform others about one’s research.  

 

Student Publications

 

  • Crimson (student newspaper):  Contact the editor to contribute or to pass on story ideas 
  • Kaleidoscope (student literary magazine) The student-run art and literature magazine of Florida Institute of Technology. To submit items, email kaleidoscope@my.fit.edu.

 

Questions or Comments

Dr. Ingrid Bradley
DA, English Pedagogy 
ibradley@fit.edu