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Overview

The seventh edition of this classic comprehensive reference is now easier to use and more thorough than ever. With up-to-date coverage of workplace technology -- from e-mail, Internet research, and writing for the Web to Web forms and page design -- the Handbook of Technical Writing offers expert advice for meeting the demands of online writing. Abundant "real-world" examples and sample documents throughout the text provide models for effective technical communication. The book's new "five-way access" structure -- the alphabetical organization, topical key to the alphabetical entries, checklist of the writing process, comprehensive index, and new topical list of figures and model documents -- provides even more ways of retrieving information, faster. This edition also includes new and revised entires on research, documenting sources, brochures, formal reports, newsletters, proposals, sales letters, presentations, and visuals. With entries that have been consolidated and streamlined, and in-depth treatment of grammar, usage, and the writing skills that both students and professionals need to master, the Handbook of Technical Writing remains both an accessible and easy-to-use guide, and the quick reference faithful users have come to appreciate.

Covers literature reviews, library research, graphs, headings, proposals, illustrations, punctuation, style, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This reference guide provides a lengthy series of alphabetically arranged, cross-referenced entries for terms that are pertinent to technical writing and to writing in general. The entries reflect such recent technological developments as hypertext, the Internet, computer-assisted design, and electric correspondence. The authors include an essay on five steps to successful writing and numerous samples of technical writing and graphics. Spiral wire binding. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher

"I love the accessibility, brevity of entries, and layout of this book. Many of my students keep the text long after the course is over to have a handy and accurate reference on the shelf at work."
--Nancy Schneider, University of Maine - Augusta

"I have found this book to be an excellent resource for finding answers to a variety of technical writing questions both simply and quickly. The wide range of topics covered also makes the handbook useful as a general reference across many disciplines."
--Cynthia Raisor, Texas A&M University

"This handbook has kept up with the increasing focus on technology and electronic research and with the typical components of a variety of professional documents. Once students discover this book's usefulness, they consult it in conjunction with every writing assignment, saving me time and encouraging them to participate more fully in their own learning."
--Karen Welch, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

"I choose the Handbook of Technical Writing because I want students to have a single, reliable, versatile and broad-ranging text that will serve them well in a variety of circumstances."
--Ralph Batie, Oregon Institute of Technology

"The Handbook of Technical Writing is written clearly and the information in it is accessible. It's a valuable companion in any technical writing classroom."
--Natalie D. Segal, University of Hartford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312679453
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Tenth Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 112,309
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald J. Alred is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he teaches courses in the Professional Writing Program. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and several standard bibliographies on business and technical communication, and is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Technical Communication. He is co-author of The Business Writer's Handbook and Handbook of Technical Writing. He is a recipient of the prestigious Jay R. Gould Award for "profound scholarly and textbook contributions to the teaching of business and technical writing."

Walter E. Oliu served as chief of the Publishing Services Branch at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he managed the agency’s printing, graphics, editing, and publishing programs. He also developed the public-access standards for and managed daily operations of the agency’s public Web site.  He has taught at Miami University of Ohio, Slippery Rock State University, and as an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery College and George Mason University.  His books include Writing That Works,  Tenth Edition  (reprinted chapters appear in Kevin J. Harty’s Strategies for Business and Technical Writing, Fifth Edition, , and Brenda D. Smith and Laura C. Headley’s The Lifelong Reader, Second Edition); The Handbook of Technical Writing, Ninth Edition; The Business Writer’s Handbook, Ninth eEdition (Fortune and Book-of-the-Month Club selections); The Business Writer’s Companion, Sixth Edition; The Technical Writer’s Companion, Third Edition; Writing from A-Z, Fifth Edition; and The Professional Writer.
 

Charles T. Brusaw was a faculty member at NCR Corporation's Management College, where he developed and taught courses in professional writing, editing, and presentation skills for the corporation worldwide. Previously, he worked in advertising, technical writing, public relations, and curriculum development. He has been a communications consultant, an invited speaker at academic conferences, and a teacher of business writing at Sinclair Community College.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Five Steps to Successful Writing xi
Checklist of the Writing Process xix
Topical Key to the Alphabetical Entries xxi
Topical List of Figures and Model Documents xxiv
Handbook of Technical Writing: Alphabetical Entries 1
Index 591
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