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This guide is a collection of resources from books and journal articles to videos and other kinds of information to help students with Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication course work.

Use the links below, and the tabs at the top of the page, to go directly to resources related to writing, rhetoric, and technical communication.


DiRT: Digital Research Tools

The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. 

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WRTC Organizations

  • CompPile  Icon
    An inventory of publications in writing studies, including post-secondary composition, rhetoric, technical writing, ESL, and discourse analysis.
  • Computers and Writing  Icon
    An information portal that hosts the official archives of the annual Computers and Writing conference as well as materials generated by the CCCC Committee on Computing in Composition (7C).
  • Rhetoric Society of America  Icon
    A broad conception of rhetoric which includes spoken, written, visual and material texts circulating in a wide variety of situations ranging from the public to the private and from face-to-face to digital, within historical and contemporary social, political, and cultural contexts including race, gender, class, sexuality, and ethnicity among others.
  • Society for Technical Communication  Icon
    The world's largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication.

Undisciplined Research

Every semester, JMU Libraries offers research assistance via Undisciplined Research series. Join us for an hour, and you'll learn research and citation strategies that you'll use throughout your academic career.

  • Monday, Jan 26, 2015: University Research Basics
    5-6pm, Carrier 301
    Do you have a research assignment? Have you been told to ‘use the libraries’ but don’t really know where to begin? This session will cover the basics of finding sources in the libraries.
  • Monday, Feb 9, 2015: University Research Advanced
    5-6pm, Carrier 301
    You can find books and articles and you understand how the libraries work. Take your skills to the next level. This session focuses on defining research topics, search strategies, and evaluating sources.
  • Monday, Feb 16, 2015: MadLab
    5-6pm, Carrier 301
    This session is an overview of the types of equipment available from JMU Libraries, editing programs you can use to create graphic and digital content, as well as additional training opportunities if you need to learn more.
  • Monday, Mar 23, 2015: Citations & RefWorks
    5-6pm, Carrier 301
    Is creating the bibliography or works cited list a challenge? Let us help! Citations are a piece of cake with a powerful tool like RefWorks.

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Thank you to Jenne Klotz for creating this site for Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication students and faculty. Currently, Liz Thompson is maintaining and updating the site. 


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