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Successful technical writing : a practical approach
Brown, Bill Wesley, 1929-
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Tinley Park, Ill. : Goodheart-Willcox Co., [2000]

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394 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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The 2000 edition of Successful Technical Writing is a thorough revision of this authoritative text, presented in a larger format for greater ease of use. Designed to help both students and professionals write effective documents in business and industry settings, this text is filled with practical real-world examples. New chapters cover techniques for writing maintenance manuals and various types of accident and safety documents. The text includes samples and techniques for the many types of tasks performed by technical writers today, from letters and memos to detailed operation manuals to grant proposals and research reports. For the aspiring technical writer or the practicing professional seeking to refine his or her skills, this book is a must.

Author Notes

Bill Wesley Brown, Ed.D., is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Chico

Table of Contents

Tools of the Technical Writer
1. Role of the Technical Writerp. 7
2. Technical Writing Techniques and Conventionsp. 47
3. Writing Definitions: A Vital Skillp. 83
4. Defining and Describing a Product or Mechanismp. 97
5. Describing How a Product or Mechanism Worksp. 109
6. Readability and Interestp. 117
7. Reference Guidep. 133
Products Created by the Technical Writer
8. Common Components of Technical Documentsp. 167
9. Accident and Safety Documentsp. 205
10. Operation Manualsp. 217
11. Maintenance Manualsp. 231
12. Owner's Manualsp. 245
13. Descriptive Research Reportsp. 257
14. Field Research Reportsp. 281
15. Grant Proposals and Similar Documentsp. 305
16. Feasibility and Staff Studiesp. 329
17. Letters, Memorandums, and Miscellaneous Documentsp. 343
Glossaryp. 373
Indexp. 387