Writing Reports to Get Results: Quick, Effective Results Using the Pyramid Method / Edition 3

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"This new edition of a quick and easy-to-read reference guide helps professionals and students learn to write effective reports. The popular “Pyramid Method” of writing is introduced to show readers how to structure and organize their documents to create a clear and concrete writing style. Updates to the third edition include new examples, new report samples, and a more thorough description of the writing process.An expanded documentation section now includes references to both APA and MLA formats. The report section has been expanded to include a new report type, the Project Completion Report.Professionals who need to document projects and ideas efficiently and effectively will learn techniques to help them organize their thoughts into coherent, well-structured reports. This book speaks the language of the technical professional and will be of particular use to engineers, technicians, project managers, consultants, architects, and managers in fields ranging from construction to telecommunications and financial services."Sponsored by:IEEE Professional Communications Society
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"...designed for people who work in a business or technical environment and have to write reports...plans are designed to assist managers, business administrators, researchers, supervisors, scientists, and students in writing more readily and...easily." (Clinical Leadership & Management Review, January/February 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471143420
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/6/2001
  • Series: Business and Technical Reports Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

I A Practical Approach to Report Writing
1 How to Use These Guidelines 3
2 The Report Writer's Pyramid 5
II Informal Reports
3 Occurrence, Field Trip, and Inspection Reports 17
4 Progress Reports and Short Investigation Reports 35
III Semiformal Reports and Proposals
5 Test and Laboratory Reports 51
6 Investigation and Evaluation Reports 63
7 Suggestions and Proposals 77
IV Formal Reports
8 The Formal Report 99
V Report Writing Techniques and Methods
9 The Appearance and Format of Letter and Memorandum Reports 133
10 The Language of Report Writing 139
11 Writing a List of References or a Bibliography 151
12 Inserting Illustrations into Reports 157
13 Guidelines for Spelling, Abbreviations, and Numbers 169
14 Guidelines for Working with a Report Production Team 173
15 Guidelines for Writing at a Computer Terminal 179
Index 197
About the Author 203
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