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Technical Writing A–Z: A Commonsense Guide to Engineering Reports and Theses (U.S. Edition)

By
Trevor M. Young
Trevor M. Young
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ISBN-10:
0791802361
No. of Pages:
240
Publisher:
ASME Press
Publication date:
2005

Getting started

For most engineers, report writing is as appealing as a visit to the dentist—and the process can be equally painful. The best approach is to break up the work into manageable chunks and get going as early as possible. It does not matter which section you start with—pick any section that you feel comfortable with.

Set out a rough order of the chapters, and expect to revise it several times as the report develops. Write rough notes for individual chapters, and sketch out as much of the report as you can, without spending too much time on the...

Getting started
Gimmicks, clip art, and emoticons (smileys)
Glossary
Grammar and style
Graphs
Greek alphabet
Hand-drawn sketches
Harvard system
Headers and footers
Headings
Honesty
Humor
Hyphenation and word division
Hypothesis
Ibid.
Incorrect word usage (confusables)
Internet
Internet reference citation
Introduction
ISO standards (for writing)
Italicization
Keywords
Laboratory report
Latinisms
Line spacing
List of figures/tables
Lists
Literature review
Logical conclusions
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