Research Guide for

ENGC 2102 Business and Technical Writing (Segelbaum)


Developing Keywords

Science Articles

Science E-book Collection (Gale)
Selected ebooks on science topics from Gale.

Science (Gale OneFile)
Articles from scholarly science journals and science and industry magazines.

Business Dataabases

Regional Business News
Newspaper, magazine, and newswire articles from regional business publications in the U.S. and Canada.

Business Source Premier
Articles from business journals and magazines, company profiles with SWOT analyses, and industry reports.

Business (Gale OneFile)
Articles from business newspapers and trade publications on accounting, economics, finance, and marketing.

Web - Government and Associations

Government Departments
Minnesota Department of Agriculture - info about aspects of farming, including:
  • Renewable/alternative energy sources
  • Government grants
  • Food (cider) licensing and sales
  • Tax information

Minnesota Legislature - "Links to the World" - State legislative library's website that links to various government departments and other government and law info, grouped by topic.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Government department about renewable energy. Info on wind energy in Minnesota is here

Minnesota Commerce Department - Energy - Information about energy as related to businesses, including wind and solar energy. Agency in charge of energy is here.


Clean Energy Project Builder - Links to businesses that build/install clean energy sources.

Patent Search Sites

Google Patents
Search patents from Around the world with Google Patent Search.

European patent search

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The full-text of over 3,000,000 patents from 1976 to the present are available on the USPTO site. 

How Products are Made
A breakdown of 1000's of products


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Access Databases from Off Campus

Off-Campus Access Info
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Web Research

We live in the information age. The internet has lots of information and Google makes it easy to search. We recommend the CAPPS method for evaluating sources.

Consider the source's –
C = Currency
A = Author
P = Publication
P = Point of View
S = Sources

More info about CAPPS pdf

For researching this assignment, the most important elements to look at are: 

Publisher = who provides the content? 
  • Professional association, e.g. Minnesota Apple Gowers Association
  • University website, like the University of Minnsota.
  • Government departments - anything with a .gov domain name. The department should also be labeled at the top of the web page, e.g. USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Author = for single-author content, who wrote this? Are they an expert through education (professor, government employee) or have knowledge through experience (farmer, salesman, professional association member)? There should be biographical information for authors on the article, or easily accessible via author's website, twitter, etc.

Cite Your Sources (APA)

APA Quick Guide (PDF)
A guide to APA citation format based on the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual.

APA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
A comprehensive guide to APA formatting and style (7th edition). See examples of APA formats for papers, References lists, in-text citations, footnotes, and more.

Cite your Sources (MLA)

MLA Quick Guide (PDF)
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (9th edition).

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
This website offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page. Uses MLA 9th edition.