Technical Writing Basics A Guide to Style and Form

ISBN-10: 0132412551

ISBN-13: 9780132412551

Edition: 4th 2008

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Description: This concise and cumulative guide shows readers the art of technical writing for a variety of contexts and institutions. Using examples from the business and non-corporate world, the book emphasizes transactional writing through practical explanations, real-world examples, and a variety of ldquo;role-playingrdquo; exercises. Each section builds on the next as readers learn a variety of models of style and format. This edition features a stronger emphasis on electronic communication, integrated coverage of ethics, and more explanation of how to create technical documents that produce concrete results.Begins with the basics of technical writing (from fundamental components of technical communication, to templates of presentation, to construction of letters, memos, announcements and instructions) and then focuses on using these skills to construct short and long reports and a job search portfolio. Goes beyond the large corporate view to survey challenges within a variety of settingse.g., small businesses, social services, the academy, the corporation.Anyone looking to improve their techincal writing skills.

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Book details

List price: $83.20
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Is "Business" or "Technical" Writing?
Transactional Writing
Transactional Versus Academic Writing
Working Together
Growing a Document
Using Computers
Saying What You Mean: A Grammar Refresher
Grammar and Usage Assist Credibility
Sentence Types in Technical Writing
Sentence Problems
Other Mechanical Difficulties
Dangling Modifiers
Parallelism
Diction and International Concerns
Assignments
Organizing Information
Introduction
Patterns of Order
Types of Order
Essentials of Logical Order
Specific Templates
Summary
Process
Analysis
Comparison
Persuasion
Ethics in Persuasion
Assignments
Letters, Memos, E-mail, and Related Forms
Introduction
Letters: The Basics
Full Block Form
Semi-Block Form
Simplified Form
Memos: The Basics
Varieties of Letters and Memos
Neutral Letters
Good News Letters
Bad News Letters
Good News, Bad News, and Neutral Memos
E-mail and Related Forms
E-mail
Fax Cover Sheets
Other Transmittals
Assignments
Our House to Yours: Using Summaries to Inform
Introduction
Announcements and Bulletins
Leaflets and Flyers
Analyses of Documents
Consumer Circuit
The New AT&T Bill
Finesse Finishing Papers
State Farm 1995 Annual Report
Assignments
Directions and Instructions: Writing About Process
Process Explains "How"
Process Writing Concerns
Audience
Vocabulary
Pattern
Transition
Exemplification
Parallelism
Format
Graphics
Invention
Developing Ideas
Invention Specifics
Visualization Techniques
"Tasking" Techniques
General Patterns for Process Writing
International Communications
Assignment
Using Analysis: Writing a Report
Subject Headings
Division
Classification
Definition
Use of Narrative
Types of Reports
Short Reports
Semi-Formal Reports
Proposals
Analysis of Proposal
Analysis of Text Prospectus
Discussion of Grant Proposal
Discussion of Student Proposal
Assignments
Writing the Formal Report
Features of the Formal Report
Overview
Binding
Booklet Format
Cover Sheet
Transmittal Letter or Memo
Table of Contents
Table of Illustrations
Abstract, or Executive Summary
Introduction
Support Section
Closing Section
Back Matter
Understanding the Role of the Persuasive Pattern
Developing Long Reports from Shorter Ones
Methods of Research
Strategy
Types of Research Materials-Retrospective and Current
Primary and Secondary Materials
Handling Sources
Overview
Documentation Systems-Citation and Reference List
What Should Get Cited?
Integrating References
Gallery of Documents
Assignments
Selling Yourself
Introduction
Keeping a Work-History File
The Modern Job Search
Resumes
Chronological Resumes
Functional Resumes
Mixed Resumes
Parts of Resumes
Cover Letters
Vitae and Portfolios
Interviews
Follow-up Correspondence
Assignments
References
Introduction
Valediction
Enhancing Your Document with Graphics
Index
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