Writing Materials

A primary goal of this course is to develop as a writer. As you move toward that goal throughout the semester, you will submit several writing assignments and ultimately write a final ‘white paper’ on a tech ethics topic of your choice. I have collected a number of readings on general writing, white papers, and technical writing for STEM to guide you along this process. As the semester progresses, I will assign some of these so we can build a shared understanding of technical writing. As each of us navigates our own writing journey, I encourage you to revisit these resources and glean from them tools to build your own writing toolset.



Making strong arguments:

Organizing Your Argument

Toulmin Method of Arguments:

  1. How to write a great essay using the Toulmin Method
  2. Using Toulmin's Model of Argumentation
  3. WAC Writing Guides: The Toulmin Method
  4. Purdue OWL: Toulmin Argument

White papers: 

Citation Software: 

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.


Engineering Librarian:

Willie Baer, the engineering librarian is another great resource for the entirety of the research process. His email is: wbaer@nd.edu and his office is 142 Hesburgh Library. He's always happy to strategize research with students!