Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists

Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists

by Phillip A. Laplante
     
 

ISBN-10: 1439820856

ISBN-13: 9781439820858

Pub. Date: 08/18/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Engineers and scientists of all types are often required to write reports, summaries, manuals, guides, and so forth. While these individuals certainly have had some sort of English or writing course, it is less likely that they have had any instruction in the special requirements of technical writing.

Filling this void, Technical Writing: A Practical Guide

Overview

Engineers and scientists of all types are often required to write reports, summaries, manuals, guides, and so forth. While these individuals certainly have had some sort of English or writing course, it is less likely that they have had any instruction in the special requirements of technical writing.

Filling this void, Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists enables readers to write, edit, and publish materials of a technical nature, including books, articles, reports, and electronic media. Written by a renowned engineer and widely published technical author, this guide complements the traditional writer’s reference manuals and other books on technical writing. It helps readers understand the practical considerations in writing technical content.

Drawing on his own work, the author presents many first-hand examples of writing, editing, and publishing technical materials. These examples illustrate how a publication originated as well as various challenges and solutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439820858
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/18/2011
Series:
What Every Engineer Should Know Series, #47
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

The Nature of Technical Writing
Introduction
Who Writes Technical Documentation?
Taxonomy of Technical Writing
Technical Reporting
Business Communications
Scientific Writing

Technical Writing Basics
Introduction
Structuring Your Writing
Positioning Your Writing
Choosing the Right Words
Avoiding Traps
Making Your Technical Writing More Interesting
The 5 Cs of Technical Writing
Referencing

The Writing Process
Introduction
The Traditional Writing Process
Environment
Dealing with Writer’s Block
Meeting Deadlines
Writing Tools
Permissions and Plagiarism

Scientific Writing
Introduction
Technical Reports
Tutorials
Opinion
Research Papers
Reviews of Books, Papers, and Reports

Business Communications
Introduction
Resumés
Transmittal Letters
Writing Letters of Reference
Memos
Meetings, Agendas, and Minutes
Customer Relations Writing
Press Releases
Presentations

Technical Reporting
Introduction
Technical Procedures
Proposals
Panel Sessions
Strategic Plans and Planning
Problem Reports

Using Graphical Elements
Breaking up the Monotony
Modeling Ideas with Graphics
Selecting the Best Model for a Schedule
Dealing with Figures
Dealing with Tables
Dealing with Equations
Dealing with Dynamic Content

Publishing Your Work
Introduction
Making a Living as a Writer
The Review Process
Handling Rejection
Open Access Publishing
Self-Publishing

Writing for E-Media
Introduction
E-Mail Can Be Dangerous
E-Newsletters
Blogging
Social Networks
E-Magazines
E-Readers

Writing with Collaborators
Introduction
Writing in Different Voices
Very Large Collaborative Writing Projects
Behavior of Groups
Other Paradigms for Team Building
Antipatterns in Organizations

Glossary

Index

Exercises and References appear at the end of each chapter.

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