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How to use Writing Commons?

Welcome to Writing Commons, the open-education home for writers. Writing Commons helps students improve their writing, critical thinking, and information literacy. Founded in 2008 by Joseph M. Moxley, Writing Commons is a viable alternative to expensive writing textbooks. Faculty may assign Writing Commons for their compositionbusiness, STEM/Technical Writing, and creative writing courses. 

Writing Commons houses seven main sections: Information Literacy | Research Methods & Methodologies | Writing Processes | Collaboration | Genres | New Media | Style 

The two best ways to navigate through Writing Commons are using the top menu navigation, called Open Text, or the left-hand navigation menu system.  

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Documenting Sources: APA

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Creating “Viral” Impressions: Composing Infographics for the Classroom and Work Space

"Creating 'Viral' Impressions: Composing Infographics for the Classroom and Work Space" was written by Maggie Melo, The University of Arizona

The use and spread of infographics has gained viral traction in the professional realm. The term “infographic” is a combination of the two words “information” and “graphic.” The infographic caters to fast-pace, “bottom-line” types of audiences by distilling complex information into a single image. Although infographics can be used in a variety of settings, they fare particularly well in the professional environment during business meetings, training sessions, and sales pitches. In fact, infographics have even become a popular means for job seekers to present their resumes. The beauty of an infographic, in contrast to a traditional alpha-numeric genre, is its ability to quickly make a lasting impression on audiences by appealing to their visual aesthetic.

Once you enter the professional world, consider re-envisioning traditional alpha-numeric genres (e.g. the memo or business report) into more visually impactful genres like the infographic. Below are a few best practices you can leverage as you begin developing an infographic. These best practices can be applied to any genre that is typically created alpha-numerically.

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Understanding URLs (Exercise Answers)

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"Understanding URLs" was written by Christine Photinos, National University  

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Scientific Reviews and Recommendations*

"Reviews and Recommendations" was written by Joe Moxley

Learn to write convincing evaluations and improve your critical thinking abilities. Evaluate a performance (such as a movie, speech, or play), a visual (such as an ad or artwork), or a text (such as a Web site). Read exemplary evaluative texts, define appropriate assessment criteria, and write a convincing and well-researched evaluation.

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