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Elements of Technical Writing

ISBN-10: 0205583814
ISBN-13: 9780205583812
Edition: 3rd 2010
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Book details

List price: $50.80
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

One-quarter the length and price of conventional textbooks, this popular introduction to technical writing teaches the essentials with remarkable economy, clarity, and authority. The book is divided into two parts. Part One focuses on the seven fundamental principles of good technical writing, such as knowing one's purpose and audience, thinking visually, and writing ethically. Part Two covers the formats of reports and correspondence. "The Elements of Technical Writing" concentrates on the essentials, providing students with precisely the information needed to produce effective technical documents and no more.

Preface
The Seven Principles of Technical Writing
Know Your Purpose and Your Writing Situation
Your Purpose
Your Situation
Activities
Chapter Assignments
Know Your Audience and Their Situation
Concerns and Characteristics
Education, Experience, and Location
Attitudes Toward Purpose and Information
Activities
Chapter Assignments
Choose and Organize Your Content Around Your Purpose and Audience
Researching Content
Choosing Content
Organizing Your Content
Chronological
Classification and Division
Mechanism Descriptions
Outlines
Activities
Chapter Assignments
Write Clearly and Precisely
Paragraph for Readers
Revise Sentences and Words for Readers
Use Language Appropriate for Your Readers
Prefer the Active Voice
Use Personal Pronouns
Use Action Verbs
Don't Introduce Unnecessary Complication
Writing and Revising with Others
Activities
Chapter Assignments
Use Good Page Design
Use Default Layout Templates Cautiously
Provide Headings
Phrasing Headings
Making Headings Noticeable and Distinctive
Use Headers and Footers
Choose an Appropriate Type Size and Typeface
Type Size
Typeface
Use Lists and Informal Tables
Use Emphasis Carefully
Leave Ample White Space
Margins
Medium-Length Lines
Proper Spacing
Activities
Chapter Assignments
Think Visually
Getting and Showing Objects
Photographs
Drawings
Showing Processes
Showing Data
Tables
Graphs
Principles of Tables and Graphs
Considering Cultural Differences
Activities
Chapter Assignments
Write Ethically
Don't Hide or Suppress Unfavorable Data
Don't Exaggerate Favorable Data
Don't Make False Implications
Don't Plagiarize
Credit Your Sources
Internet Documentation
Construct Ethical Graphs
Don't Lie
Activities
Chapter Assignments
The Formats of Technical Writing
Elements of Reports
Title Page
Letter of Transmittal
Preface
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Glossary
List of Symbols
Abstracts and Summaries
Introduction
Discussion
Conclusions and Recommendations
Appendixes
Documentation
Copyright
Activities
Chapter Assignments
Formats of Reports
Instructions
Introduction
List of Equipment and Materials
How-To Instructions
Warnings
Theory
Glossary
Analytical Reports
Format
Discussion Sections
Proposals
Unsolicited Proposals
Student Proposals
Progress Reports
Empirical Research Reports
Abstract
Introduction
Literature Review
Materials and Methods
Results
Discussion
Conclusions
Activities
Chapter Assignments
Formats of Correspondence
Formal Elements of Letters
Letterhead
Date Line
Inside Address
Re Line
Subject Line
Salutation
Body
Complimentary Close
Signature Block
End Notations
Continuation Page
Simplified Letters
Memorandums
E-mail
Correspondence of the Job Search
R�sum�s
Letters of Application
Other Correspondence
Further Information
Activities
Chapter Assignments
Chapter Notes
Index

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