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Being able to write well is core to success -- both academically and professionally. The resources in this guide will help you develop this important skill throughout your years here at SFU.
For broader (less business-focused) resources and tips, see the following SFU Library guides:
- Plagiarism: Online Guide & Interactive tutorial
- Citation & Style Guides (SFU Library)
- Finding & Writing Book Reviews
- Thesis assistance: Templates and resources for preparing and submitting your thesis
Personal assistance is available for undergraduate students registered in Business courses via the Beedie School Writing Mentors program. Also see the SFU Learning Commons page: Academic Writing Resources.
- The AMA handbook of business letters
- The AMA style guide for business writing
- Bids, tenders & proposals
- Business Writer's Free Library (Part of the Free Management Library)
- Business writing for results: how to create a sense of urgency and increase response to all of your business communications
- The complete human resources writing guide
- The definitive business pitch: How to make the best pitches, proposals and presentations
- How to write & present technical information
- How to write reports and proposals
- The literate executive
- The McGraw-Hill handbook of more business letters
- Persuasive writing : how to harness the power of words
- The power of writing in organizations : from letters to online interactions
- Powerful proposals : how to give your business the winning edge
- Write to the point : how to communicate in business with style and purpose
- Writing at work: a guide to better writing in administration, business and management
- Writing effective policies and procedures: a step-by-step resource for clear communication
- Writing skills for public relations : style and technique for mainstream and social media
There are also many great free sources online such as the Business Development Bank of Canada's "10 tips for effective business writing." Blogs such as Lynn Gaertner-Johnston's Business Writing blog can help guide you through the writing and editing process
The SFU Library has many books on business writing. Here are a few sample titles and links to relevant subjects used in our catalogue.
- Business writing today : a practical guide [print]
- Business and professional writing : a basic guide [print]
- The business writer's handbook [print)
- Communicating at work: creating messages that get results [print]
- Proposal writing: the art of friendly and winning persuasion [print]
- Business writing in the digit@l age [print]
- Guide to managerial communication: effective business writing and speaking [print]
- Business writing
- Business writing - Handbooks, manuals, etc.
- Business - Report writing
- Commercial correspondence
- Commercial correspondence -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
- Communication in management
- English language -- Business English
- English language -- Business English -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
- Proposal writing in business
- Public relations -- Authorship
- Broader/related headings: Business communication & Business presentations
- Guide to writing empirical papers, theses, and dissertations
- The Oxford dictionary of American usage and style
- The Oxford dictionary of English grammar
- Peck's English Pointers (part of the Canadian federal government's Translation Bureau's resources)
- Pocket Fowler's modern English usage
- The research project: how to write it
- Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing
Try a search the following subject terms in our catalogue.
The following online resources are just a sample of what is available via the SFU Library and on the free web.
- Accounting terminology guide
- The Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of business ethics
- The Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of management information systems
- A dictionary of accounting (Oxford)
- Dictionary of banking terms
- A dictionary of business and management (Oxford)
- Dictionary of business terms
- Dictionary of e-business: A definitive guide to technology and business terms
- A dictionary of economics (Oxford)
- A dictionary of finance and banking (Oxford)
- Dictionary of international business terms
- Dictionary of marketing terms
- Dictionary of the social sciences
The SFU Library has many specialized business dictionaries. Try search a subject term in our catalogue for your research area followed by "dictionaries." For example, all of the following are subjects in the SFU catalogue.
- Accounting – Dictionaries
- Business - Dictionaries
- Electronic commerce - Dictionaries
- Finance -- Dictionaries
- Information technology – Dictionaries
- International business enterprises -- Management -- Dictionaries
- International trade -- Dictionaries
- Management - Dictionaries
- Marketing – Dictionaries
- Personnel management - Dictionaries
- Strategic planning – Dictionaries
- The Canadian Oxford Dictionary
- The New Oxford American Dictionary
- Oxford English dictionary (Warning: may result in information overload! Consider using one of the more concise sources on this list.)
- The Oxford Paperback Thesaurus
- Roget's Thesaurus
There are many dictionaries and thesauri in the SFU Library. Try a subject search in our catalogue for the following subjects.
- Getting it right : the essential elements of a dissertation
- Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: a handbook for students and faculty
- Guide to writing empirical papers, theses, and dissertations
- Writing the qualitative dissertation: understanding by doing
- Writing your doctoral dissertation: invisible rules for success
- For SFU-specific guidelines, see: Thesis assistance: Templates and resources for preparing and submitting your thesis.
The SFU Library also has a number of print books on this topic: try searching for the SUBJECT: Dissertations, Academic -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. in our catalogue to get titles such as:
- Mastering your business dissertation : how to conceive, research, and write a good business dissertation [print]
- Researching and writing dissertations in business and management [print]
- Doing your dissertation in business and management: The reality of research and writing [print].
Writing well includes writing ethically. This means that you need to cite every piece of information that you take from someone else (articles, websites, books, etc.). If you are unsure about concepts such as paraphrasing, patch writing, and plagiarism, then it is your responsibility to learn more about it. Fortunately, there are resources at SFU to help:
Read the SFU Library guide: Plagiarism- What is plagiarism and how you can avoid it (includes links to more guides of this sort).
Take the SFU Library interactive tutorial Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism to test yourself and to learn more about plagiarism.
Attend an SFU Learning Commons workshop on topics ranging from effective note-taking to critical thinking to writing for university.
Set up a consultation with a mentor to improve your writing and better understand how to speak with your own voice in your papers. Consultations are available at both the Student Learning Commons (in the Library) and within the Beedie School of Business.
Finally, learn how to cite sources properly ... and when in doubt, cite it!