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1. IntroductionIssues in Agricultural & Life Sciences

2. Writing WellGrammar

3. Strategic Communication: Pitch LetterMedia Relations

4. Writing for Media

5. Interviewing

6. AP Style

7. News LeadsPress Release Review

8. Careers: Cover Letter & Résumé

9. Science Communication

10. Writing News Features

11. Writing for the Web, Social Media

Sources on grammar and professional writing

  • The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, http://www.grammarbook.com/
  • The Brief Penguin Handbook with Exercises 4th ed., Lester Faigley, 2012.
  • Cambridge Grammar of English, Cambridge University Press: 2007.
  • GrammarBook.com, http://www.grammarbook.com.
  • Harbrace College Handbook, 12th ed., John C. Hodges, ed., 1995.
  • Harbrace College Handbook, 13th ed., with 1998 MLA Style Manual Updates, John C. Hodges, et al., 1998.
  • The Hodges Harbrace Handbook, 18th ed., Cheryl Glenn & Loretta Gray, Wadsworth, 2012.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), with APA guides: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/.