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Pocket Guide to Technical Writing,9780130476111

Pocket Guide to Technical Writing

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780130476111

ISBN10:
0130476110
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2004
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

For courses in Technical Writing, Technical Communication, Writing for Technicians, and Business Writing; as well as corporate training seminars in writing. This well-written, practical text serves perfectly as an inexpensive supplement to technical and scientific courses where students need to write documents such as reports, proposals, letters, and memos. Unique in its combination of an alphabetized handbook with brief chapters on organization and efficiency, this handy reference for on-the-job writing gives quick, easy-to-find answers to common writing problems faced in various technical and professional careers.

Table of Contents

The Writing Process: Achieving Speed and Quality
1(22)
Definition of Technical Writing
1(4)
Purpose: Getting Something Done
2(1)
Writer: Conveying Your Knowledge to the Reader
2(1)
Readers: Understanding Their Diverse Needs
3(2)
Nine Steps to Better Writing
5(15)
Write a Brief Purpose Statement
5(1)
Consider the Obstacles Your Readers Face
6(1)
Determine Technical Levels of Readers
6(1)
Determine Decision-Making Levels of Readers
7(2)
Find Out What Decision-Makers Want
9(1)
Collect and Document Information Carefully
9(5)
Write an Outline
14(1)
Write Your First Draft Quickly
15(3)
Revise in Stages
18(2)
Writing in Groups
20(3)
Get to Know Your Group
20(1)
Set Clear Goals and Ground Rules
21(1)
Use Brainstorming Techniques
21(1)
Agree on a Revision Process
21(1)
Use Computers to Communicate
22(1)
Structure: Achieving Order and Design
23(16)
Basics of Organization
23(3)
Write Different Parts for Different Readers
24(1)
Emphasize Beginnings and Endings
24(1)
Repeat Key Points
25(1)
ABC Format
26(5)
The Abstract Gives the ``Big Picture''
29(1)
The Body Gives Supporting Details
30(1)
The Conclusion Provides a Wrap-Up
30(1)
Page Design
31(8)
Use White Space Liberally
31(1)
Use Headings and Subheadings Often
32(2)
Use Lists Frequently
34(3)
Use Fonts Effectively
37(2)
Special Topics: Graphics and Oral Presentation
39(34)
Graphics
39(19)
Terms in Graphics
39(1)
Reasons for Using Graphics
40(2)
General Guidelines
42(2)
Guidelines for Pie Charts
44(3)
Guidelines for Bar Charts
47(4)
Guidelines for Line Charts
51(2)
Guidelines for Tables
53(2)
Guidelines for Technical Drawings
55(3)
Oral Presentations
58(15)
Guidelines for Preparation and Delivery
58(8)
Guidelines for Speech Graphics
66(2)
Guidelines for Overcoming Nervousness
68(5)
Appendix A: ABC Formats and Examples
73(62)
ABC Format 1: Positive Letter
74(2)
Example 1: Positive Letter
75(1)
ABC Format 2: Negative Letter
76(2)
Example 2: Negative Letter
77(1)
ABC Format 3: Neutral Letter
78(2)
Example 3: Neutral Letter
79(1)
ABC Format 4: Sales Letter
80(2)
Example 4: Sales Letter
81(1)
ABC Format 5: Memorandum
82(2)
Example 5: Memorandum
83(1)
ABC Format 6: Instructions
84(4)
Example 6: Instructions
85(3)
ABC Format 7: Problem Analysis
88(3)
Example 7: Problem Analysis
89(2)
ABC Format 8: Recommendation Report
91(3)
Example 8: Recommendation Report
92(2)
ABC Format 9: Equipment Evaluation
94(3)
Example 9: Equipment Evaluation
95(2)
ABC Format 10: Lab Report
97(3)
Example 10: Lab Report
98(2)
ABC Format 11: Trip Report
100(2)
Example 11: Trip Report
101(1)
ABC Format 12: Feasibility Study
102(3)
Example 12: Feasibility Study
103(2)
ABC Format 13: Proposal
105(3)
Example 13: Proposal
106(2)
ABC Format 14: Progress Report
108(3)
Example 14: Progress Report
109(2)
ABC Format 15: Formal Report
111(17)
Example 15: Formal Report
112(16)
ABC Format 16: Job Letter and Resume
128(7)
Example 16: Job Letter and Resume
129(6)
Appendix B: Writing Handbook
135(86)
Alphabetized Table of Contents
135(3)
Topical Table of Contents
138(83)
Style
138(1)
Grammar
139(1)
Usage
139(82)
Index 221(5)
Planning Form 226

Excerpts

This little book aims to provide you with a handy reference for on-the-job writing. It does not pretend to be the last word on the subject. There are plenty of longer books to serve that purpose. Instead, it gives you quick, easy-to-read answers to common writing problems you will face in school and on the job. This introduction includes information on the organization of the text, changes in the third edition, and the sources used in writing it. ORGANIZATION OF TEXT ThePocket Guidepresents information on five main subjects, each with its own chapter or appendix: Chapter 1--The Writing Process: Achieving Speed and Quality Chapter 2--Structure: Achieving Order and Design Chapter 3--Special Topics: Graphics and Oral Presentations Appendix A: ABC Formats and Examples Appendix B: Writing Handbook Each section gives you a "jump start" on planning, drafting, or revising when you are rushed to deliver a document. The two appendices will be especially useful for immediate help with writing. Appendix A includes one-page outlines ("ABC Formats") for 16 different types of documents, followed by model examples. Appendix B contains alphabetized entries to assist with questions about style, grammar, and usage. CHANGES IN THE THIRD EDITION Although the third edition retains the same basic structure and content of the previous editions, it does include five main changes: More information in Chapter 1 on audience analysis, with a shod case study that responds to the needs of a complex audience More information in Chapter 1 on conducting research and avoiding plagiarism, with examples of research cards and a list of references New guidelines in Chapter 2 on font selection in page design, with an illustration New guidelines in Chapter 3 on use of technical drawings as graphics, with two illustrations Addition of a Planning Form at the end of the book, to assist writers in preparing thoroughly before beginning a draft With just a few pages added, the book keeps its focus on providing a quick reference guide for (1) classes in technical writing in which only a short text is needed, (2) classes in various technical and scientific fields in which a short book is needed to supplement the main text, and (3) working professionals who want a handy tool for planning, drafting, and editing their writing.


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