Effective Writing: Improving Scientific, Technical, and Business Communication

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Index

a
Abbreviations, list of 5
Abstract 131
Abstraction, ladders of 103
Acknowledgements in report 67
Active voice 109
Adams, N. 89
Aims in writing 21
Algorithms 82
flow chart 85
list form 85
MAP format 85
Ambiguity, in instructions 198
Analysis of examination 254
Analysis section of report 64
Appendices 74
Arranging information in tables 154
Attention, span of 31
Attitudes 2
Audience 25
for professional writing 5
for school writing 5
need to know 27
Awareness, span of 153

b
Bar charts 167
Bardell, E. 20
Bars, use in charts 167
Bram, V.A. 20
Briefing 5
Buzan, T. 247

c
Captions 154
Charts
bar 167
floating bars in 167
flow 179
horizontal bars in 167
pie 173
position of labels 167
surface 173
symbols in flow charts 181
vertical bars in 167
Clarity in writing 164, 228
Communication 8
barriers to 11
models of 9
Complexity of information 96
Computer-aided writing 125
Conclusions of report 65
Connotative meanings 14
Constructions
impersonal 110
personal 111
Contents, table of 54
Context, psychological 29
Correspondence 225
Credibility 19
Cues, for verbal signalling 153

d
Davies, T.N. 195
Decoding 10
Definitions, list of 56
Denotative meanings 14
Descriptions
organization of 217
writing 196, 216
Detail, amount of 63
Diagrams 148
Dictation 237
Discussion section of report 64
Double meanings 200
see also Ambiguity

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • From the Reviews of the First Edition vi
  • Preface vii
  • About the Authors ix
  • 1 - Writing is Communicating: Revising Basic Assumptions 1
  • References 20
  • 2 - Thinking About Aim and Audience 21
  • 3 - Starting to Write: a Practical Approach 36
  • 4 - Organization and Layout of Information 44
  • References 76
  • 5 - The Use of Headings and Numbering 77
  • 6 - Algorithms for Complex Possibilities and Procedures 82
  • 7 - Style for Readability 90
  • References 117
  • 8 - Writing with a Computer 119
  • 9 - Informative Summaries 127
  • 10 - Choosing and Using Tables, Illustrations and Graphic Presentation Techniques 148
  • 11 - Writing Instructions 195
  • 12 - Writing Descriptions and Explanations 216
  • 13 - Writing Letters and Memoranda 225
  • 14 - Writing Minutes and Reports of Proceedings 240
  • 15 - Writing in Examinations 251
  • Appendix A 267
  • Appendix B 269
  • Index 273
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