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Pocket Guide to Technical Writing,9780131721050

Pocket Guide to Technical Writing

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780131721050

ISBN10:
0131721054
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

This handy reference is ideal for anyone interested in improving business, technical and scientific writing. It contains samples of every major document type (resumers", business letter, etc.) and showcases well-written documents that serve as "how to" guides so readers can model the organization, structure and tone in their own writing assignments. It emphasizes the writing process, the structure and design of writing, and related topics such as graphics and oral presentations. Alphabetized for easy reference, a writing handbook is also included for quick checks of grammar and spelling. Totally updated, this text provides a text-specific Companion Website with numerous activities includinginteractive editing and revision exercises.Provides models of 17 different types of communications. Offers helpful guidelines regarding other forms of communication skills that influence effective writing such as organization and speech. Discusses the explosion of electronic communication and provides format guidelines and samples of effective e-mail. Examines the role that writing plays in other communication arts such as graphics and oral presentations. Excellent resource for corporate training seminars in writing.

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)
Step 1: Write a Brief Purpose Statement
5(1)
Step 2: Consider the Obstacles Your Readers Face
6(1)
Step 3: Determine Technical Levels of Readers
6(1)
Step 4: Determine Decision-Making Levels of Readers
7(2)
Step 5: Find Out What Decision-Makers Want
9(1)
Step 6: Collect and Document Information Carefully
9(5)
Step 7: Write an Outline
14(1)
Step 8: Write Your First Draft Quickly
15(3)
Step 9: Revise in Stages
18(1)
A Nine-Step Strategy
19(1)
Writing in Groups
20(3)
Guideline 1: Get to Know Your Group
20(1)
Guideline 2: Set Clear Goals and Ground Rules
21(1)
Guideline 3: Use Brainstorming Techniques
21(1)
Guideline 4: Agree on a Revision Process
21(1)
Guideline 5: Use Computers to Communicate
22(1)
Structure: Achieving Order and Design
23(16)
Basics of Organization
23(3)
Structure Rule 1: Write Different Parts for Different Readers
24(1)
Structure Rule 2: Emphasize Beginnings and Endings
24(1)
Structure Rule 3: Repeat Key Points
25(1)
ABC Format
26(5)
ABC Rule 1: The Abstract Gives the ``Big Picture''
29(1)
ABC Rule 2: The Body Gives Supporting Details
30(1)
ABC Rule 3: The Conclusion Provides a Wrap-Up
31(1)
Page Design
31(8)
Design Rule 1: Use White Space Liberally
32(1)
Design Rule 2: Use Headings and Subheadings Often
32(2)
Design Rule 3: Use Lists Frequently
34(3)
Design Rule 4: Use Fonts Effectively
37(2)
ABC Formats and Examples
39(70)
ABC Format 1: Email
40(2)
Example 1: Email
41(1)
ABC Format 2: Memorandum
42(2)
Example 2: Memorandum
43(1)
ABC Format 3: Positive Letter
44(2)
Example 3: Positive Letter
45(1)
ABC Format 4: Negative Letter
46(2)
Example 4: Negative Letter
47(1)
ABC Format 5: Neutral Letter
48(2)
Example 5: Neutral Letter
49(1)
ABC Format 6: Sales Letter
50(2)
Example 6: Sales Letter
51(1)
ABC Format 7: Job Letter and Resume
52(12)
Example 7a--7g: Job Letters and Resumes
53(11)
ABC Format 8: Instructions
64(4)
Example 8: Instructions
65(3)
ABC Format 9: Problem Analysis
68(3)
Example 9: Problem Analysis
69(2)
ABC Format 10: Recommendation Report
71(3)
Example 10: Recommendation Report
72(2)
ABC Format 11: Equipment Evaluation
74(3)
Example 11: Equipment Evaluation
75(2)
ABC Format 12: Lab Report
77(3)
Example 12: Lab Report
78(2)
ABC Format 13: Trip Report
80(2)
Example 13: Trip Report
81(1)
ABC Format 14: Feasibility Study
82(3)
Example 14: Feasibility Study
83(2)
ABC Format 15: Proposal
85(3)
Example 15: Proposal
86(2)
ABC Format 16: Progress Report
88(3)
Example 16: Progress Report
89(2)
ABC Format 17: Formal Report
91(18)
Example 17: Formal Report
92(17)
Special Topics: Graphics and Oral Presentation
109(34)
Graphics
109(19)
Terms in Graphics
109(1)
Reasons for Using Graphics
110(2)
General Guidelines
112(2)
Guidelines for Pie Charts
114(3)
Guidelines for Bar Charts
117(4)
Guidelines for Line Charts
121(2)
Guidelines for Tables
123(2)
Guidelines for Technical Drawings
125(3)
Oral Presentations
128(15)
Guidelines for Preparation and Delivery
128(8)
Guidelines for Speech Graphics
136(2)
Guidelines for Overcoming Nervousness
138(5)
Appendix: Writing Handbook
143(86)
Alphabetized Table of Contents
143(3)
Topical Table of Contents
146(1)
Style
146(1)
Grammar
147(1)
Usage
147(82)
Index 229(10)
Planning Form 239


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