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Effective Writing : Handbook for Accountants,9780131496811

Effective Writing : Handbook for Accountants

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Edition:
7th
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9780131496811

ISBN10:
0131496816
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

An effective supplement for any accounting course. This text, the best-selling book of its kind, discusses the communication, both written and oral, actually done by professional accountants. It uses real-world accounting situations and includes major sections on Communication Strategies, Business Documents, and Oral Communication.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
PART I: COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
1(142)
Accountants as Communicators
3(10)
What Do Accountants Write?
5(1)
How Well Do Accountants Write?
6(1)
What Makes Writing Work?
6(1)
You Can Become a Good Writer
7(1)
Writing and Critical Thinking
8(1)
Writing and Other Forms of Communication
8(1)
Reading
8(1)
Listening
9(1)
Speaking
9(1)
Writing and Problem Solving
9(2)
Exercises
11(2)
The Writing Process
13(15)
Getting Started: Identifying Purpose
13(2)
Thinking Critically about the Issues
15(1)
Analyzing the Readers
16(1)
Getting Your Ideas Together
17(4)
Gathering Information
18(1)
Generating Ideas
19(1)
Arranging Ideas: Organization
19(2)
Writing the Draft
21(1)
Revising the Draft
21(2)
The Final Draft
23(1)
Dealing with Writer's Block
23(1)
Writing Under Pressure
24(1)
Writing at the Computer
24(1)
Exercises
25(3)
The Flow of Thought
28(20)
Writing with Unity
28(1)
Using Summary Sentences
29(1)
Responding to Readers' Questions and Concerns
30(1)
Transitions
30(6)
Transitional Words and Phrases
32(1)
Repetition of Key Words and Phrases
33(1)
Pronouns Used to Achieve Coherence
34(1)
Problems with Transitions
35(1)
Paragraphs
36(4)
Length
36(1)
Structure
36(3)
Paragraph Development
39(1)
Discussion Questions and Essays
40(5)
Discussion Questions
40(1)
Essays
40(3)
Applying Essay Techniques to Other Kinds of Writing
43(1)
Sample Essay
43(2)
Test Yourself
45(1)
Test Yourself: Answers
45(1)
Exercises
45(3)
A Sense of Style
48(26)
Conciseness
48(7)
Unnecessary Words
48(1)
Simplicity
49(1)
Verbs and Nouns
50(5)
Clarity
55(6)
Jargon
55(1)
Precise Meaning
56(3)
Concrete, Specific Wording
59(2)
Readable Writing
61(5)
Passive and Active Voice
61(2)
Variety and Rhythm
63(2)
Tone
65(1)
Editing for Style at the Computer
66(1)
Test Yourself
67(1)
Test Yourself: Answers
68(1)
Exercises
69(5)
Standard English
74(21)
Major Sentence Errors
74(2)
Fragments
74(1)
Comma Splices
75(1)
Fused Sentences
76(1)
Problems with Verbs
76(2)
Tense and Mood
76(1)
Subject-Verb Agreement
77(1)
Problems with Pronouns
78(2)
Pronouns and Gender
79(1)
Problems with Modifiers
80(1)
Parallel Structure
81(1)
Apostrophes and Plurals
81(1)
Commas
82(2)
Comma Guidesheet
82(2)
Colons and Semicolons
84(1)
Direct Quotations
85(1)
Spelling
86(1)
Help from the Computer
87(1)
Test Yourself
88(2)
Test Yourself: Answers
90(1)
Exercises
91(4)
Format for Clarity
95(13)
Good Design: An Illustration
95(1)
A Professional Appearance
95(5)
Paper and Print
99(1)
White Space and Margins
99(1)
Neatness Counts!
99(1)
Formatting
100(2)
Headings
100(1)
Lists and Set-Off Material
101(1)
Pagination
101(1)
Graphic Illustrations
102(4)
Document Design at the Computer
106(1)
Exercises
106(2)
Critical Thinking
108(9)
Making an Argument: The Process
108(7)
Reaching Sound Conclusions: Two Approaches to Logic
111(2)
Fallacies: Mistakes in Reasoning
113(2)
Test Yourself
115(1)
Test Yourself: Answers
115(1)
Exercises
116(1)
Accounting Research
117(26)
Research: Basic Guidelines
117(7)
Electronic Sources of Information
118(1)
Printed Sources of Information
119(1)
Note Taking
120(1)
Direct Quotation and Paraphrase
120(1)
Plagiarism
121(1)
Organizing Your Notes and Ideas
122(1)
Writing Your Research Report or Memo
122(1)
Integrating Notes Into Your Writing
122(1)
Revising
122(1)
Documentation
122(2)
Critical Thinking and Technical Accounting Research
124(3)
Financial Accounting Research
125(1)
Steps in the Financial Accounting Research Process
125(2)
Exercises
127(4)
Appendix 8-A: Sources of Accounting and Financial Information on the Internet
131(3)
Appendix 8-B: Computerized Reference and Database Services
134(2)
Appendix 8-C: Other Printed Sources of Accounting and Financial Information
136(1)
Appendix 8-D: Internal Documentation Style
137(3)
Appendix 8-E: Endnotes or Footnotes and Bibliography Style
140(3)
PART II: BUSINESS DOCUMENTS
143(62)
Letters
145(24)
Principles of Letter Writing
145(7)
Planning a Letter
145(1)
Organization
146(1)
Conciseness and Clarity
146(1)
Tone
147(1)
Form and Appearance
147(1)
Parts of the Letter
147(5)
Responding to Correspondence
152(1)
Typical Accounting Letters
152(8)
Engagement Letters
152(1)
Management Advisory Letters
153(5)
Tax Research Letters
158(2)
Standardized Letters: A Caution
160(1)
Exercises
161(8)
Memos and E-mail
169(15)
Memos: Some Basic Principles
169(7)
The Parts of a Memo: Organizing for Coherence
169(2)
Concise, Clear, Readable Memos: Style and Tone
171(1)
Formats
171(5)
Sample Memos
176(1)
Memos to Clients' Files
176(1)
Memos as Part of Working Papers
176(1)
E-Mail
177(1)
Exercises
178(6)
Reports
184(21)
Planning a Report
184(3)
The Parts of a Report
187(3)
Transmittal Document
187(1)
Title Page
187(1)
Table of Contents
188(1)
List of Illustrations
188(1)
Summary Section
188(1)
Introduction
188(1)
Body of the Report
189(1)
Conclusion
189(1)
Appendixes (Optional)
189(1)
Notes and Bibliography
190(1)
Graphic Illustrations
190(1)
Appearance
190(1)
Style and Tone
190(9)
Exercises
199(6)
PART III: WRITING AND YOUR CAREER
205(46)
Writing Essay Exams
207(12)
Essay Exams
207(4)
Preparation
207(1)
Taking the Exam
208(1)
Qualities of a Good Essay
209(2)
Professional Certification Exams
211(5)
Preparing for and Taking the Exam
211(1)
Qualities of a Good Answer
212(4)
Exercises
216(3)
Writing for Employment
219(11)
Starting the Job Search: Researching Possible Employers
219(1)
Preparing a Resume
220(4)
Using a Computer
220(2)
Format
222(2)
What Not to Put on a Resume
224(1)
Writing a Letter of Application
224(1)
Writing a Thank You Letter
225(2)
Electronic Submissions
227(2)
Exercises
229(1)
Writing for Publication
230(4)
Planning Your Article
230(1)
Research
231(1)
Drafting and Reviewing the Article
231(1)
Submitting the Article
232(1)
Exercises
232(2)
Oral Presentations
234(17)
Planning the Presentation: Analyzing Purpose and Audience
234(1)
Other Things to Consider
235(1)
Gathering Information
235(1)
Composing the Speech
235(2)
Introduction
236(1)
Body of the Presentation
236(1)
Conclusion
236(1)
Making Notes
237(1)
Preparing Visual Aids
237(2)
Practicing the Presentation
239(1)
Checking the Arrangements
239(1)
Appearance and Dress
239(1)
Making the Presentation: Poise and Confidence
240(2)
Eye Contact
240(1)
Body Movement and Gestures
241(1)
Voice
241(1)
Managing Stage Fright
241(1)
Special Considerations in Presentations of Financial Information
242(6)
A Final Word
243(5)
Exercises
248(3)
Index 251


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