Table of contents for Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists / Leo Finkelstein, Jr..


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Contents
1 Introduction	1
What Is Technical Writing? 1
Abstraction 2
Audience and Purpose 6
Report Writing and Audience 7
Notes 10
2 Technical Definition	11
What Is a Technical Definition? 11
Classifications and Classes 13
Differentiation 15
Avoiding Mistakes 15
Extensions 16
Required Imprecision 18
A Word about Defining Specifications and Standards 20
Definition Checklist 21
Exercise 22
Notes 23
3 Description of a Mechanism	25
What Is a Mechanism Description? 25
Example of a Mechanism Description 25
Introduction 26
Discussion 29
Conclusion 33
Visuals and Mechanism Descriptions 34
Putting It All Together 35
Mechanism Description Checklist 39
Exercise 40
4 Description of a Process	43
What Is a Process Description? 43
Outline of a Process Description 44
Process Description Examples 45
Description of a Mechanism in Operation 45
Visuals and Process Descriptions 50
Putting It All Together 50
Description of a Conceptual Process 53
Putting It All Together 54
Process Description Checklist 57
Exercise 58
5 Proposals	63
What Is a Proposal? 63
Formal and Informal Proposals 64
Formal Proposals 64
Informal Proposals 67
Layout and Presentation 75
Cover Letters and Title Pages 75
Attachments and Appendixes 77
Putting It All Together 78
Proposal Checklist 83
6 Progress Reports	85
What Is a Progress Report? 86
Progress Report Formats 87
Introduction 88
Status 89
Conclusion 91
Putting It All Together 91
Progress Report Checklist 95
7 Feasibility Reports	97
What Is a Feasibility Report? 97
Writing Feasibility Reports 98
Introduction 100
Discussion 104
Conclusion 107
Documentation 109
Appendix 109
Putting It All Together 109
Feasibility Report Checklist 116
8 Instructions and Manuals	119
What Are Instructions? 119
Introduction 121
Discussion 122
Conclusion 126
Putting It All Together 126
More on Manuals 134
Instructions Checklist 135
9 Laboratory and Project Reports	137
What Are Laboratory and Project Reports? 138
Introduction 140
Background 141
Test and Evaluation 142
Findings 143
Interpretation 144
Conclusion 144
Putting It All Together 145
Laboratory and Project Report Checklist 153
10 Research Reports	155
What Are Research Reports? 155
Developing a Research Report 156
Introduction 157
Background 158
Discussion 160
Conclusion 161
References and Appendix 162
Putting It All Together 162
Research Report Checklist 168
11 Resumes and Interviews	171
What Is a Resume? 172
Writing a Resume 173
Objective 174
Strengths 175
Education 175
Computer Skills 176
Experience 177
Personal 178
Ten Tips for Creating a Good Resume 179
Cover Letters 181
Finding Jobs on the Internet 184
Putting It All Together 184
Interviewing 187
Cover Letter Checklist 190
Resume Checklist 190
Interview Checklist 190
Notes 191
12 Grammar and Style	193
What Is Grammar, and Why Is It a Big Deal? 193
Comma Splices 194
Fused Sentences 195
Sentence Fragments 196
Misplaced Modifiers 197
Passive Voice Problems 197
Verb Agreement Errors 199
Pronoun Agreement Errors 200
Pronoun Reference Errors 201
Case Errors 201
Spelling Errors 202
Exercise 204
13 Documentation	207
What Is Documentation? 208
Documentation Styles 209
When to Document Sources 209
To Meet Legal Requirements 209
To Meet Academic Standards 210
To Establish Credibility 210
How to Document Sources 210
Print Media Examples 213
Books 213
Journals 214
Conference Papers 214
Encyclopedias 214
Newspapers 214
Nonjournal Entries 215
Technical Reports 215
Dissertations and Theses 215
Electronic Media Examples 215
Internet: World Wide Web 215
Internet: Newsgroup 216
Internet: FTP Site 216
Computer Disk 216
Other Examples 216
Interview 216
Lecture 216
Checklist for Documentation 217
Notes 217
14 Visuals	219
What Are Visuals? 219
General Guidelines for Using Visuals 219
Guidelines for Design of Visuals 220
Reproducibility 220
Simplicity 220
Accuracy 221
Types of Visuals 221
Diagrams 221
Graphs 222
Schematics 227
Images 228
Tables 229
Conclusion 230
Checklist for Visuals 232
15 Presentations and Briefings	233
What Are Presentations and Briefings? 233
Substantive Ideas 234
Clear, Coherent Organization 234
Terminology and Concepts 235
Effective Delivery 236
Speaking Situations 237
Impromptu 237
Extemporaneous 238
Manuscript 239
Speaking Purposes 239
Informative 240
Demonstrative 240
Persuasive 240
Technical Briefings 241
General Guidelines 241
Controlling Complexity 246
Checklist for Presentations 249
16 Electronic Publishing	251
What Is Electronic Publishing? 252
Hypertext Documents 252
Producing Electronic Documents 254
Converting Traditional Documents into Electronic Ones 255
How Web Browsers Work 257
Guidelines for Organizing Hypertext Documents 258
About Electronic Publishing and Copyright 263
Checklist for Electronic Publishing 264
Notes 265
17 Ethical Considerations	267
What Are Ethics in Technical Writing? 267
Notes 273
18 Abstracts and Summaries	275
What Are Descriptive Abstracts? 275
Writing Descriptive Abstracts 275
What Are Informative Abstracts? 276
Writing Informative Abstracts 277
What Are Executive Summaries? 278
Writing Executive Summaries 279
Pocket Book of 
Technical Writing for 
Engineers and Scientists




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