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Effective Writing

Improving Scientific, Technical and Business Communication, 2nd Edition

By John Kirkman, Christopher Turk


288 pages

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Paperback: 9780419146605
pub: 1988-11-24
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Effective communication is vital to science, engineering and business management. This thoroughly updated second edition with a new chapter on the use of computers and word-processors gives clear, practical advice illustrated with real-life examples on how to select, organize and present information in reports, papers and other documents.


'An excellent technical writing textbook.' - Chartered Quantity Surveyor

'…a manual for technical writers that belongs on any author's bookshelf.' - The Midwest Book Review

'…well written and well produced…' - Times Higher Education Supplement

'Marvellous book!…excellent guidance. There is much sense in this book….an excellent primer.' - Annals of Clinical Biochemistry

Table of Contents

Writing is communicating: revising basic assumptions. Thinking about aim and audience. Starting to write: a practical approach. Organization and layout of information. The use of headings and numbering. Algorithms for complex possibilities and procedures. Style for readability. Writing with a computer. Informative summaries. Choosing and using tables, illustrations and graphic presentation techniques. Writing instructions. Writing descriptions and explanations. Writing letters and memoranda. Writing minutes and reports of proceedings. Writing in examinations. Appendices. Index.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies