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A unique four-way access system enables users of the Handbook of Technical Writing to find what they need quickly and get on with the job of writing:
1. The hundreds of entries in the body of the Handbook are alphabetically arranged, so you can flip right to the topic at hand. Words and phrases in bold type provide cross-references to related entries.
2. The topical key groups alphabetical entries and page numbers under broader topic categories. This topical table of contents allows you to check broader subject areas for the specific topic you need.
3. The checklist of the writing process summarizes the opening essay on "Five Steps to Successful Writing" in checklist form with page references to related topics, making it easy to use the Handbook as a writing text.
4. The comprehensive index provides an exhaustive listing of related and commonly confused topics, so you can easily locate information even when you don't know the exact term you're looking for.
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About the Author
Charles T. Brusaw was a professional writer for the NCR Corporation. He is currently a communications consultant to business and industry in Dayton, Ohio.
Gerald J. Alred is a teacher of business and technical writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and lives in Milwaukee.
Walter E. Oliu is a writer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book, including previous editions, has been an indispensable reference source for me and my colleagues for many years, from those with English degrees to Computer Science and other technical degrees. The alphabetical entries make it easy to look up those rules of grammar I'd forgotten (that vs. which) and to clarify word choices (affect or effect?). This has always been on our list of required references for technical writers.
There isn't much material in this book and what is here isn't organized in a useful manner. Topics are organized alphabetically rather than in a logical order. If I want alphabetical order, I'll look up the index. Instead, I'd prefer topics to be ordered with similar topics. Additionally, the book tries to cover a lot of ground, but doesn't go into much depth for any of it. While there are many entries, the discussion for each tends to be scant. This isn't a terrible book. It's just not a particularly useful one when in the field. When I was in school, I probably would have appreciated this one; it's geared very well toward passing exams and gives lots of short answers. As a professional finishing up my tenth year in the field, however, I find that I need more information than this limited book provides.