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.

G.R.E. Vocabulary Practice (Created by Elly Martens, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
This witty slideshow of words will help you conquer the Verbal Reasoning section of the G.R.E.

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).

Essay Prep Timeline (Created by Willow Miller, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
From making sense of a rhetoric assignment to researching a Masters thesis, these slides will help you create a realistic action plan for all stages of your writing project.

Quick Guide to Comma Rules  (Compiled by Alyssa Schaeffer, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
Why squander time on Google when every rule you need, and then some, are right here? Make this easy-to-read guide your one-stop comma shop!

Declutter Your Documents (Adapted by Neva Adams, Hanson Center Peer Tutor)
Not only does this guide teach you to streamline your sentences, it also demonstrates how to reverse engineer your writing voice from active to passive (use this technique sparingly--in most cases, the active voice is best).

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 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.

How to Structure and Enrich Your 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.