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Writing in the Technical Fields: A Step-by-Step Guide for Engineers, Scientists, and Technicians

ISBN: 978-0-7803-1036-0
296 pages
March 1994, Wiley-IEEE Press
Writing in the Technical Fields: A Step-by-Step Guide for Engineers, Scientists, and Technicians (0780310365) cover image
Using an informal, hands-on approach, this practical guide reviews the basics of good technical writing. It provides a simple, effective system for writing all types of technical documents including letters, memos, minutes, procedures, manuals, proposals, progress reports, and final reports. You will gain a better understanding of the writing process and learn how to: improve the coherence of your writing, write better paragraphs, write better sentences, choose the right word and more.
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Preface.

TECHNIQUES.

Introduction.

Before You Start Writing.

Understanding the Writing Process.

Using the Computer to Improve Your Writing.

Improving the Coherence of Your Writing.

Writing Better Paragraphs.

Writing Better Sentences.

Choosing the Right Word.

Creating and Integrating Graphics.

Improving Page Design.

APPLICATIONS.

Letters.

Memos.

Minutes.

Procedures and Manuals.

Formal Elements of Reports.

Proposals.

Progress Reports.

Completion Reports.

APPENDICES.

Appendix A: Checklists.

Appendix B: Handbook.

Appendix C: Commonly Misused Words and Phrases.

Appendix D: Guidelines for Speakers of English as a Second Language.

Appendix E: Guidelines for Writing to Speakers of English as a Second Language.

Appendix F: Selected Bibliography.

Index.
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