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Engineers' Guide to Technical Writing

by Kenneth G. Budinski
Format
Book
Published
Materials Park, OH : ASM International, 2001.
Language
English
ISBN
0871706938
Contents
  • Chapter 1 What Is Technical Writing 1
  • Attributes of Technical Writing 4
  • Pertains to a Technical Subject 4
  • Has a Purpose 5
  • Has an Objective 5
  • Conveys Information/Facts/Data 5
  • Impersonal (Third Person) Voice 7
  • Be Concise 8
  • Directed to Readers 9
  • Style and Format 9
  • Archival 10
  • Attributions 11
  • Other Types of Writing 12
  • Instructions 12
  • Advertising 13
  • Creative Writing 13
  • Opinion 13
  • Information 14
  • Administrative 14
  • Entertainment 14
  • Chapter 2 Reasons for Writing 17
  • Excuses for Not Writing 18
  • Benefits of Technical Writing 19
  • Chapter 3 Performing Technical Studies 29
  • Types of Technical Studies 30
  • General Methodology 36
  • Proposing a Project--The Idea 37
  • Gathering Background Information 44
  • Designing Test Plans 47
  • Performing Experiments 49
  • Reporting Results 51
  • Chapter 4 Writing Strategy 55
  • Analysis of Readers 56
  • Importance of the Reader 57
  • Selecting Readers 58
  • Scope of Writing 60
  • Number of Subjects 61
  • Depth of Writing 61
  • Level of Details 62
  • Purpose and Objective 62
  • Writing to Various Readers 63
  • Chapter 5 Document Options 71
  • Document Hierarchy 73
  • Report Types and Selection 78
  • Patents 79
  • Technical Papers 80
  • Formal Technical Reports 81
  • Informal Reports 82
  • E-Mail Messages 83
  • Chapter 6 Criteria for Good Technical Writing 87
  • Technical Content 88
  • Presentation 93
  • Language Skills 99
  • Chapter 7 Writing Style 107
  • Elements of Style 108
  • Word Choice 110
  • Sentence Construction 118
  • Paragraphs 123
  • Summary of the Elements of Style 126
  • Examples of Writing Styles 126
  • Recommended Style 132
  • Chapter 8 Using Illustrations 139
  • Reasons for Using Illustrations 139
  • How to Prepare Effective Illustrations 143
  • Line Art (Graphs, Charts, Schematics) 148
  • Summary of Illustration Preparation 158
  • Captions for Illustrations 158
  • Referring to Illustrations 159
  • Chapter 9 Formal Reports: The Outline and Introduction 163
  • Title 166
  • Front Matter 169
  • Writing the Introduction 172
  • Background 173
  • Scope 175
  • Purpose and Objective 176
  • Statement of Format 176
  • Putting It Together 177
  • Formal Report on "The Nibbler" 178
  • Chapter 10 Formal Reports: Writing the Body 183
  • Writing a Procedure 184
  • Describing Machines/Processes 192
  • Writing Test Results 193
  • Chapter 11 Formal Reports: Closure 199
  • Recommendations 203
  • Writing an Abstract 210
  • Back Matter 214
  • Report Distribution 217
  • Saving Reports 219
  • Chapter 12 Informal Reports 223
  • Elements of an Informal Report 224
  • Investigation Reports 226
  • Service Work 231
  • Action Letters 235
  • Proposals 239
  • Chapter 13 Review and Editing 247
  • Types of Review and Edit 248
  • Review and Editing Methodology 254
  • Examples of Reviews 256
  • Chapter 14 Oral Presentations 265
  • Types of Oral Presentations 266
  • Preparation 267
  • Visual Aids 275
  • Presentation 280
  • Chapter 15 Getting It Done 285
  • Impediments to Writing 286
  • Making the Time to Write 286
  • Dealing with Interruptions 287
  • Resist the Urge for Additional Study 288
  • Dealing with Weak Writing Skills 290
  • Dealing with Writing Mechanics 291
  • Dealing with Computers 293
  • Setting Deadlines 296
  • Maintaining Writing Skills 297
  • Measuring Report Results 298
  • Appendix 1 Example of a Laboratory Test Report 303
  • Appendix 2 Example of a Formal Report 307
  • Appendix 3 Example of an Informal Report 315
  • Appendix 4 Example of Visual Aids for a Verbal Presentation 319
  • Appendix 5 Some Meanings of Questionable Phrases 321
  • Appendix 6 Grammar and Punctuation 323
  • Parts of Speech 323
  • Sentence Construction 327
  • Paragraphs 330
  • Punctuation 332
  • Appendixg 7 Additional Report Mechanics 339
  • Page Layout 339
  • Capitalization 340
  • Contractions 341
  • Indentation 342
  • Numbers 342
  • Fonts 343
  • Appendix 8 Other Types of Documents 345
  • Meeting Agendas 348
  • Meeting Minutes 350
  • Newsletters 350
  • Resumes 351
  • Biographical Sketch 354
  • Patents 355.
Description
x, 389 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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