Writing Samples: Technical Writing

Marijuana Legalization Research Report

26 November 2012

Memorandum for Ms. Holifield

From: Richard Braxton

Subject: A Local Look at the Legalization of Marijuana


The seventies were a turbulent time of war and social protest. In this climate of hostility, marijuana was lumped in among many other drugs as part of the problem with society. This particular problem with society was the center of the drug war. The first battle of this war happened in 1970. According to Payne, Randy, and Gainey, the authors of Drugs and Policing, “The federal government classifies drugs into five schedules. Schedule I drugs are considered to have no medical use and a high potential for abuse. Examples of drugs included here are heroin, methaqualone, LSD, marijuana, and hashish” (25.) Although marijuana is such a minor drug, the government listed it among the hardcore drugs that cause all the problems. Marijuana was relegated to a drug with no medicinal value although many people felt differently. According to Blurred Boundaries by Bostwick, “…Physicians and the general public alike are in broad agreement that Cannabis sativa shows promise in combating diverse medical ills” (172)….


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Marijuana Legalization Research Report

Memorandum for Research Proposal on the Legalization of Marijuana

23 November 2012

Memorandum to Ms. Holifield

From: Richard Braxton

Subject: Research Project Progress Report


This memorandum is a progress report regarding my research project on the local attitudes toward the legalization of marijuana. The work on the report began November 9th and has been in progress for two weeks. Even though there has been a wrench thrown into the works, the research report remains on schedule, and it will not deviate very far from the plan laid out in the research proposal that you received on November 9th….



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Proposal on the Legalization of Marijuana

Example Research Proposal for report on the Legalization of Marijuana

9 November 2012

Memorandum to Ms. Holifield

From: Richard Braxton

Subject: Research report on the legalization of marijuana

This research proposal will contain five sections, introduction, current situation, project plan, qualifications, and costs and benefits.


The use of marijuana is a volatile subject to broach; people on both sides of the issue find the task of discussing the pros and cons of marijuana use a difficult one. The discussion of this topic can lead to heated tempers and use of coercive tactics to get one’s point across….

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Proposal for Research Report on the Legalization of Marijuana

Memorandum About Traffic

28 October 2012

Memorandum for Ms. Holifield

From: Richard Braxton

Subject: Critique of “Traffic and Circulation Flow Committee Seeks Input from Campus Constituents”

“Traffic and Circulation Flow Committee Seeks Input from Campus Constituents” is a clearly stated document. The document lists recommendations for improvement of traffic flow and asks for feedback about these recommendations.

I have studied the content, organization, style, and design of this document. While the document does get its point across, some aspects of the report could be reworked to create a stronger and better flowing article.


The content of the document is clearly stated and easily understood. It only contains the information required by the subject of the report. However, it comes across as somewhat boring and could be easily dismissed by students as unimportant.


The organization of the document is done well. It gives the reader the ability to pick and choose the data that he or she deems most important. Additionally, it is organized into the introduction, methods, results, and discussion pattern. This pattern creates a strong impression on the reader and helps the point of the document stand out in the readers mind.



The document is in the memorandum style. This style is the quickest and easiest to create for a document sent out by email. However, a complex document such as this one would benefit from another style. A flyer with an emphasis on design and readability that was emailed in pdf format would serve this report better.



The design of the document has a few problems that are indicative of design for regular email and poor planning. The design of the document is a no frills approach that is not quite as clear as it could be.  Titles are bolded, but they are the same size as the text and on the same line. If the titles were larger than the text and on different lines, the document would be easier to read. Next, subordinate text should have been indented or otherwise separated from the preceding text.


Although the document was written and organized well, flaws in style and design muddy the works and make this a less than stellar report.

Memorandum Corona VS Dosequis

3 September 2012

Memorandum for Ms. Holifield, Director of Random Internet Information

From: Richard Braxton, Random Information Specialist #889519

Subject: Online Strategies of Beer Companies to Appeal to Consumers

In accordance with the code of Random Internet Information Gathering Manual Number Two, I have randomly selected websites from two similar products that appeal to two dissimilar consumer groups. The websites Corona.com and Dosequis.com both appeal to consumers who are over twenty-one years of age, are internet savvy, and drink beer. Both websites allow their readers to learn more about their mission statements, their products, and dates and times of festivals sponsored by their products, but that is where their similarities end.

Corona.com caters to an older more sophisticated crowd and offers:

  • A relaxed aesthetic feel of light grey, blue and yellow.
  • An introductory slideshow depicting Corona Beer in exciting vacation destinations accompanied by relaxing music.
  • A photo gallery where readers can share their own ideas of paradise involving Corona beer.

Dosequis.com caters to a younger sillier crowd and offers:

  • A feigned sophisticated aesthetic of black, brown and red.
  • Sophisticated graphics focused on a company crest that is much more ridiculous than one might expect.
  • A page where readers can learn about the adventures and misadventures of The Most Interesting Man in The World.
  • A video gallery where readers can post video of silly toasts involving Dos Equis Beer.
  • An assortment of silly videogames with sophisticated names.

In summary, Corona.com caters to a more experienced class of beer drinker while Dosequis.com caters to the more fun loving class of beer drinker.


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