The Handbook of Technical Writing
Eleventh Edition   ©2015

The Handbook of Technical Writing

Gerald J. Alred (University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee) , Charles T. Brusaw (Sinclair Community College) , Walter E. Oliu

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-7552-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-7552-2; Format: Spiral Bound, 672 pages

More than 90 sample documents demonstrate a wide range of effective professional and technical writing models, including formal reports, proposals, diagrams, environmental impact statements, trade journal articles, e-mails, presentation slides, résumés, and cover letters.

Comprehensive discussion of the writing process and in-depth treatment of grammar, usage, and style provide guidance on writing well. Every stage is covered in detail—from research and audience analysis to revision and proofreading. Discussion addresses both independent and collaborative writing.

Up-to-date coverage of workplace technologies gives students the latest advice on adapting to new technologies, interpreting infographics, e-mailing colleagues, conducting online research, creating a social media presence, writing for the Web, and more.

Advice, tip boxes, and checklists call attention to recurring features and useful asides. Ethics Notes and Professionalism Notes offer special guidance for handling ethically challenging office scenarios. A list of Commonly Misused Words and Phrases and recurring ESL Tips break down grammar with accessible language and examples. Writer’s Checklists help students tackle each step of complex tasks like writing collaboratively and evaluating sources.

Quick-reference alphabetical arrangement, helpful topical keys, and a student-friendly index make technical-writing topics easy to find. Cross-references throughout the book guide students to related entries.