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Business Writing Resources


Our Assurance of Learning webpages list learning goals for your degree. Effective writing is a learning goal at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Here are resources to help you hone your business writing skills.

The NMSU Writing Center also offers one-on-one consulting for all undergraduate and graduate students. The center is located in Clara Belle Williams Hall, Room 102. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Drop-in hours at Zuhl Library are from 7-9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. To make an appointment visit Walk-in appointments also are accepted. For more information call 646-5297.

Business Writing

Dr. Payne: Read “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser, a classic text for anyone who wants to learn how to write.

Business Writing Tips from Dr Scribner.

Organize, Write, and Edit tips from R. Brown.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling

Style Guides

Dr. Liz Ellis: Here is a great Duke University library website with examples using each of the most popular citation forms:

  • Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper. Choose which style to use: APA, MLA, Turabian, other? Note that you must know what kind of item you are citing. Examples: Full text article from database? Printed magazine? Online magazine? For online resources, providing a URL alone is NOT a citation.

In marketing, the Chicago Manual of Style is often used. Avoid using jargon, acronyms (unless previously presented), colloquialisms, contractions, passive voice, cliches and allegories (unless carefully considered).

Reference Materials


Dr. Gegax: Edit your work multiple times, put it down for a couple days, and then edit it a couple more times.


Dr. Elias: DON’T plagiarize! Put another way… Be sure to cite your work. NMSU Student Code of Conduct


Published: April 5, 2010 Updated: August 8, 2013 Permalink