This page contains links to websites with useful communications information. It will be updated frequently as more sites are discovered and suggested. To suggest a site, click on this link.
Facts and Figures
CIA World Factbook
This site provides a "snapshot" of the world with each updated. To that end, there are various world maps; appendices of organizations, international agreements, geographic names and lists of foreign leaders.
Graphics and Photos
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Images Library
This site contains photos, illustrations and video from the CDC. Many of the images contained in the library are public domain, but have rules regarding credits and use.
Purdue Marketing & Media Purdue University Photos
This site contains selected photos of Purdue's West Lafayette campus.
USDA-ARS Image Gallery
This site contains many current and historical photos from the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Many of the images contained in the libraries are public domain, but have rules regarding credits and use. Details and contact information are provided with each photo.
USDA-NRCS Plants Image Gallery
This site contains many current and historical photos from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Many of the images contained in the libraries are public domain, but have rules regarding credits and use .
Language, Documentation and Style Guides
Find out what PDQ stands for ASAP by using Acronym Finder. Just type in an acronym and the site generates a list of the most common meanings.
Common Errors in English
This site, maintained by a Washington State University English professor, helps writers point out word usage issues. For example, find out when to use "sometime" and when to use "some time."
Grammar Traps from On Target
Purdue Agriculture Communication's very own list of grammatical pitfalls.
This site combines the popular dictionary and thesaurus online. Fun, word-related feature articles are also posted occasionally.
The Oxford English Dictionary
This is the online version of the venerable granddaddy of lexicography. Look up words to find their current definitions as well as their definitions in 1458. Requires a subscription, but Purdue has one, so you're all set if logging on from a Purdue server.
Purdue Extension Style Guide
This document provides the official guidelines for using and applying the Purdue Extension brand on all communications.
Purdue Marketing & Media Editorial Style Guide
This is the "official" style guide for Purdue University. It is structured much like The Associated Press Stylebook, and lays down such standards as how to list course and department names.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
This site offers handouts and materials on all sorts of writing topics (from grammar and punctuation rules to professional writing advice). The site also offers e-mail tutoring for brief questions and a weekly newsletter.
Research and Documentation Online
This site provides the rules and shows examples of the alphabet soup of academic-style documentation: MLA, APA, Chicago and CBE.
News, Periodicals and Public Affairs
Although no longer published, this newsletter's archives offer communication tips and information for Purdue Exension and Purdue Agriculture staff.
Purdue Agriculture Backgrounders
This site from Purdue Agricultural Communication provides background information on a variety of agricultural issues. Resources include news stories, feature stories, Extension publications, Purdue experts and related Web stories.
Purdue Agriculture News
This site contains the latest news on Purdue Agriculture and allows you to sign up for RSS feeds.
Purdue Extension Expertise Guide
The Expertise Guide is aimed primarily at journalists. It's a list of Purdue Agriculture specialists who can provide information on a variety of topics.
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