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.
Phillip A. Laplante is a professor of software engineering at Pennsylvania State University's Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. Dr. Laplante is an IEEE and SPIE fellow and a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania. His applied research encompasses software project management, software testing, and requirements engineering.
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 Resumes 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.