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WRT 304: Writing for Your Profession: Home

Search Strategies

Professional Writing

The types of writing you will do will vary by discipline but might include:

  • Advertisements
  • Case Studies
  • Consent Forms
  • Contracts
  • Directions/Instructions
  • Emails
  • FAQs
  • Grant Proposals
  • Lab Reports
  • Magazine Articles
  • Newsletters
  • Reports
  • Reviews (book or product)
  • Pamphlets
  • Patient Notes
  • Presentations
  • Press Releases
  • Scholarly Articles
  • Scripts
  • Social Media "posts"
  • Standards
  • Technical Specifications
  • Textbooks
  • Use Cases
  • User Manuals
  • Website or Blog Content
  • White Papers


When exploring writing in your subject area:

  • Look for books and articles on writing for your profession.
  • Check for relevant professional organizations. See if they publish a blog, magazine, or journal, or if they provide conferences or workshops. For example, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers
  • Check the Internet for templates, presentations, or videos aimed at writers in your discipline. 
  • Become familiar with trade journals in your area.


Consider relevant synonyms for writing when trying to find material. 


  • Communications
  • Documentation
  • Artifacts

What additional keywords would be used in your discipline?

Search Tricks

AND between words searches for BOTH words on document. 

EX: immigration and employment 

Returns results with both words. Fewer, but better, results.

QUOTATION MARKS around a phrase searches for that exact phrase

EX: “genetic engineering” "climate change"  "no child left behind"

Returns results with that exact phrase.  

ASTERISK (*) search looks for all the various words using the same root.

EX: comput* results in articles that have the words compute, computer, computing, etc. 

       educat* will search for educate, education, educator, educators, etc.

OR between words searches for at least one of the words. 

EX: fat OR obesity

Returns results with either word. Produces more results.   

(Parentheses) group multiple search terms together.

EX: debt and (teenagers or adolescents) 

Returns results for debt and teenagers and for debt and adolescents.