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Engineering village

This resource provides access to bibliographic databases of the engineering research literature (Compendex, INSPEC & NTIS), patents (USPTO & Esp@cenet), standards (IHS Standards), and handbooks (CRC ENGnetBASE). For help with searching in Engineering Village, watch these videos:

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Bad Presentations and how not to write one, Oral Presentations


  1. Know your audience. Why are they listening? Information, persuasion, entertainment, etc.
  2. Dress appropriately for the event.
  3. Make eye contact with audience members.
  4. Identify key points and stay on message.
  5. Use a conversational tone and speed – do not speak too fast or too slowly.
  6. Do not pace; stand as still as you can without being a statue.
  7. Use visuals as a supplement to your talk. Avoid reading from slides.
  8. Stick to your time limit.
  9. Save time for questions.
  10. Practice. Consider a trial run before colleagues.
Bibliography, Information-repository


Works Cited

Barrass, Robert. Scientists must write: a guide to better writing for scientists, engineers and students. London: Chapman and Hall ;, 1978.

Beer, David F.. Writing and speaking in the technology professions: a practical guide. 2nd ed. New York: IEEE Press, 2003.

Beer, David F., and David A. McMurrey. A guide to writing as an engineer. 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 2005.

Budinski, Kenneth G.. Preparing and delivering technical presentations. [1st ed. West Conshohocken, PA: ASTM International, 2005.

Emden, Joan. Handbook of writing for engineers. Basingstoke: Macmillan Education, 1990.

Finkelstein, Leo. Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists. 3rd ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2008.

Haslam, Jeremy M.. Writing engineering specifications. London: E. & F.N. Spon, 1988.

Hicks, Tyler Gregory. Writing for engineering and science. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961.

Hirsch, Herbert L.. The essence of technical communication for engineers: writing, presentation, and meeting skills. New York: IEEE Press, 2000.

Kirkman, John. Good style for scientific and engineering writing. London: Pitman, 1980.

Northey, Margot, and Judi Jewinski. Making sense: a student’s guide to research and writing : engineering and the technical sciences. 2nd ed. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Purdy, David C.. A guide to writing successful engineering specifications. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991.

Racker, Joseph. Technical writing techniques for engineers. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1960.

Roberts, Heather. Writing for science and engineering papers, presentations, and reports. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.

Roberts, Heather. Professional communications: a handbook for civil engineers. Reston, Va.: American Society of Civil Engineers, 2005.

Rosenberg, Barry J.. Spring into technical writing for engineers and scientists. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley, 2005.

Shelton, James H.. Handbook for technical writing. Lincolnwood, Ill., USA: NTC Business Books, 1994.

Sorby, Sheryl Ann, and William M. Bulleit. An engineer’s guide to technical communication. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006.

Tichy, H. J.. Effective writing for engineers, managers, scientists. New York: Wiley, 1966.

Vincler, James E., and Nancy Horlick Vincler. Engineering your writing success: how engineers can master effective on-the-job communication skills. Belmont, Calif.: Professional Publications, 1996.

Watson, Don A.. Specifications writing for architects and engineers. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964.

Weiss, Edmond H.. The writing system for engineers and scientists. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1982.

Weiss, Edmond H.. The elements of international English style a guide to writing correspondence, reports, technical documents, and internet pages for a global audience. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2005.

Woolston, Donald C., Patricia A. Robinson, and Gisela Kutzbach. Effective writing strategies for engineers and scientists. Chelsea, Mich.: Lewis Publishers, 1988.

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