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Writing Guide: Technical Writing

The MSUB Writing Guide provides supplemental resources for all writing programs at Montana State University Billings.


Typically, written and/or visual communication of information to a user-specific audience.

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Mark Twain

Books and Websites


            Purdue OWL Professional, Technical Writing

            CSU The Writing Studio Writing in Business

            Daily Writing Tips, Business Category


            Purdue OWL Healthcare Writing

            How to Become a Competent Medical Writer?

Science & Applied Science:

            UNC The Writing Center Sciences

            CSU The Writing Studio Writing in the Sciences

            Purdue OWL Writing in Engineering

            CSU The Writing Studio Writing in Engineering

Design & Visual Rhetoric:

            Web Style Guide 3rd Edition

            Purdue OWL Visual Rhetoric

            Wired Magazine: Design

Addressing Audience:

            Plain Language

            Purdue OWL "Writing for Global Business Audiences" & ESL Writing Guide



MSUB Library Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: walks through the various stages of research.


MSUB Library Databases: 206 comprehensive and discipline-specific databases for research based papers.


Purdue OWL Research and Citations Guide: walks through the various stages of research including citing works.


Style Guides

APA: MSUB Library APA Citation Style 6th Edition Guide | APA Website


MLAMSUB Library MLA Citation Style 8th Edition Guide | MLA Website  


Chicago: MSUB Library Chicago Citation Style Guide | Chicago Manual of Style Website


Turabian: MSUB Library Turabian Citation Style 8th Edition Guide