Contrary to popular belief, engineers do not live in a language-free zone: far from it. As problem-solvers, a true measure of success is your ability to explain and justify your work to a wide range of audiences, including professors, managers, colleagues, clients - even the general public. To that end, the following guides will acquaint you with some of the basic formats and situations in which engineers express their expertise.

Welcome to the Hanson CTC!
A guide to our services for first-year Iowa engineers.

How to Prepare for Your Tutoring Appointment (Created by Allison Rowe, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
These document-specific tips will help you optimize your visit to the Hanson Center.

Avoiding Plagiarism
Documenting your sources (giving credit where credit is due) demonstrates not only competence but integrity. 

APA Style Guide (Purdue OWL)
For all citation guidelines, the Hanson Center recommends the Purdue Online Writing Lab. This is a reliable resource that is updated regularly to adhere to current standards.

Microsoft Word Workshop  (Created by Jackie Ricke, Former Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This guide will help you master all the essential editing and formatting features you will need to create your lab reports.

Transition Map (Created by Amanda McGee, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
Learn how to use five basic transitions that, like landmarks, will give your readers a clear sense of direction.

Audience: The Readers of Lab Reports  (Created by Anita Thammavongsa, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
These slides will help lab report writers understand and address of the needs and expectations of three kinds of readers (general readers, managers, and experts).

Using Quotations
This slideshow explains how and when to use quotations in your reports and essays.

Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing
This guide describes three different strategies for incorporating source material into your documents.

Citing Sources/Citation Management (Lichtenberger Engineering Library)
The HCTC works closely with Kari Kozak, Head of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, to ensure that Iowa engineers have all the digital tools they need to create professional reports and proposals. Our next door neighbor in the Seamans Center's Student Commons, the Library offers a wide range of citation and bibliography software to help you cite sources with speed and accuracy -- check out their Citing Sources page for free access to these essential tools.

Strategies for Successful Poster Talks (created by Sarah Livesay, HCTC Assistant Director)
In addition to providing an intellectual overview of the research process, this slideshow will help you achieve clarity and insight as a public speaker.

How to Design and Structure a Research Poster (created by Russell Martin, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This slideshow will help you create professional-grade figures and tables and, by doing so, gain credibility as a subject matter expert.

Jump-Starting Your Honors Thesis
These slides will help you brainstorm and construct a large-scale research document.

The Role of Ethics in Engineering
A few thought-provoking slides on a topic of the utmost relevance to your chosen field.