As future engineers, you will need to be able to explain your work to a wide range of audiences, including professors, managers, colleagues, clients, and the general public. The following resources will help you write, revise, and clarify your communications.

Writing Center Basics

How to Prepare for Your Tutoring Appointment (created by Allison Rowe, former Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
These document-specific tips will help you prepare for your Hanson Center experience.

G.R.E. Vocabulary Practice (created by Elly Martens, former Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This slideshow of words and definitions will help you prepare for the verbal section of the G.R.E.

Source Citation

Avoiding Plagiarism
This brief guide outlines the importance of documenting your sources. 

APA Style Guide (Purdue OWL)
The Purdue Online Writing Lab is a reliable resource that is updated regularly to adhere to current standards. The Hanson Center recommends using Purdue OWL for all citation style guidelines. 

Should I Cite? (created by Abby Laures, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This quick reference lets you know whether you need to cite information such as dates, data, figures, and historical information. 

Citing Sources/Citation Management (Lichtenberger Engineering Library)
The Lichtenberger Engineering Library offers a wide range of citation and bibliography software to help you cite sources.

Sentence and Essay Construction

Transition Map (created by Amanda McGee, former Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
Learn how to use five basic transitions that, like landmarks, will give your readers a clear sense of direction.

Essay Prep Timeline (created by Willow Miller, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
From making sense of a rhetoric assignment to researching a thesis, these slides will help you create an action plan for all stages of your writing project.

Quick Guide to Comma Rules (compiled by Alyssa Schaeffer, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
Make this easy-to-read guide your first reference for comma use. 

Using Quotations
This slideshow explains how and when to use quotations in your reports and essays.

Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing
This guide describes three different strategies for incorporating source material into your documents.

Thesis Writing
These slides will help you brainstorm and construct a large-scale research document for both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Lab Report Writing

Microsoft Word Workshop (created by Jackie Ricke, former Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This guide will help you master the essential editing and formatting features you will need to create your lab reports.

Audience: The Readers of Lab Reports (created by Anita Thammavongsa, former Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This presentation will help lab report writers understand and address three kinds of readers: general readers, managers, and experts.

Declutter Your Documents (adapted by Neva Adams, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This guide demonstrates how to reverse engineer your writing voice from active to passive for lab report writing.

Poster Presentations

Strategies for Poster Presentations (created by Sarah Livesay, former HCC Assistant Director)
In addition to providing an overview of the research process, this slideshow will help you as a public speaker.

How to Design a Research Poster (created by Russell Martin, former Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This slideshow will help you design your poster's figures, tables, and layout in order to gain credibility as a subject matter expert.


Spreadsheet Guide (created by Jack Lynn, former Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This slideshow provides tips and tricks for creating useful, accurate, and readable spreadsheets.