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EH 373: Writing in the Professions: Finding Books

Reports, position papers, and other kinds of writing in nontechnical professional fields

Books of Interest


To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("proposal writing")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (rac? finds race, racial, races)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for resume?, then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term could be Résumés (Employment)." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
  • Revise and refine your searches. Combine words or phrases.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Suggested Search Terms

Subject - standard headings         

  • bibliographical citations
  • business communication
  • communicaton in medicine
  • communication in science
  • communication in social work
  • communication of technical information
  • technical writing
  • english language business english
  • english language technical english
  • legal composition
  • proposal writing for grants
  • academic writing publishing


  • "proposal writing"
  • "report writing"
  • resumes
  • writing and (precis or summar?)
  • "academic writing"