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ENGL 202C: Effective Writing: Technical Writing

This guide is for students in Penn State Harrisburg's ENGL 202C. It includes databases, research tips, and other resources for various ENGL 202C assignments.

Finding Books

Books are the bridge between your textbook and scholarly journal articles. They are usually your best resource for "the basics" -- an introduction, overview, and history of your topic. The quickest way to find books is to search the library's book databases: 

Another way to find books is to "browse" -- go to the library's book shelves and take a look. 

At Penn State Harrisburg Library, we use the Library of Congress call number system to shelve our books:

  • Most Math and Computer Science books have numbers that begin with "QA."
  • Most Astronomy, Physics/Weather, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences books have numbers that begin with "QB" through "QE"
  • Most Biology (human and animal) books have call numbers that begin with "QH" through "QR"
  • Most Medical books have call numbers that begin with "R"
  • Most Agriculture books have call numbers that begin with "S"
  • Most Engineering and Technology books have call numbers that begin with "T"

For more details, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline