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Using Acrobat in Writing Classes: Types of Documents

Types of Acrobat Documents Available

PDF files can provide the extra resources used to supplement textbooks. Literally thousands of types of documents from a wide variety of organizations are available on the Web and ftp sites in Acrobat format rather than as regular html documents. A wide variety of types of documents from numerous organizations are available to download in Acrobat format. For example, Bedford/St. Martin's has a Model Document Gallery.  They can provide resource material and examples of documents. 

Examples of the types of documents available include the following:

  • Articles and essays

  • Assignments

  • Books: For example, sites such as The Electric Book Company contain PDF versions of classic texts; some are available for free. The Online Books Page contains over 12,000 books online; many are in PDF format.

  • Brochures

  • Career information

  • Flowcharts

  • Forms  

  • Glossaries

  • Government publications: Because PDF is the standard for most government agencies and organizations, a wealth of technical documents are available.  

  • Grammar and punctuation rules

  • Graphics

  • Handbooks  

  • Handouts from faculty and OWLs, such as the Purdue OWL list of PDF handouts for writing.

  • Informational materials

  • Instructions

  • Journal articles and abstracts

  • Manuals

  • Maps

  • Newsletters

  • Plans: For example, some schools and universities publish their technology plans in PDF format.

  • Posters: See an example of the use of multimedia study posters in biology courses.

  • Procedures and policies: Many organizations, government agencies, and businesses post their procedures online.  

  • Process descriptions: Many sites, such as How Stuff Works, have process descriptions. If the information is not in Acrobat format, you can save the explanation in PDF format.

  • Proposals: One of the best sources of proposal resources is the National Science Foundation site.

  • Puzzles, crafts, activities, and games

  • Quick references

  • Reference: Reference materials such as the Periodic Table are available in PDF format.

  • Reports

  • Resumes  

  • Style guides: numerous style guides and style manuals from governmentindustry, publications, and libraries are available in PDF format.

  • Slideshows  

  • Syllabi

  • Textbook chapters: Textbook publishers, such as DDC, often make sample chapters in PDF format available for free.

  • Troubleshooting documents and flowcharts

  • Tutorials: For example, entire 200+page tutorials on FrontPage, HTML, and other software are available from Training Tools.

  • White papers

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