A Course in
Analytical Writing for Science and Technology
Copyright © 1996 by T. M. Georges. All rights reserved.
- Foreword -- Don't read this
PART I: What's the matter with scientific and technical writing today, and what can you do about it?
- Lesson 1. How much does foggy writing really cost?
- Lesson 2. Why bother to write clearly?
- Lesson 3. How to overcome writing handicaps
- Lesson 4. How to kick bad writing habits -- painlessly
PART II: What to say
- Lesson 5. How to use a "marketing" or "top-down" approach to your writing
- Lesson 6. How to organize your paper or report
- Lesson 7. How to handle all those details
- Lesson 8. Checklists for specific writing tasks
PART III: How to say it
- Lesson 9. Write to analyze, not to catalog
- Lesson 10. Use the simplest word that will do the job
- Lesson 11. Pin things down with concrete nouns
- Lesson 12. Put active verbs to work for you
- Lesson 13. The dependent clause -- a natural way to write analytically
- Lesson 14. Step 1 to more informative paragraphs -- orient your reader
- Lesson 15. Step 2 to more informative paragraphs -- tie your ideas together
- Lesson 16. Step 3 to more informative paragraphs -- take it easy through technically dense passages
- Lesson 17. Step 4 to more informative paragraphs -- arrange your ideas in a logical sequence
- Lesson 18. Should you use a personal style in scientific and technical writing?
- Lesson 19. Enhance your message with illustrations and tables
- Lesson 20. Some practical ways to get started
PART IV: How to tell when you're done
- Lesson 21. How to edit -- and feel OK about throwing most of it away
- Lesson 22. How to use feedback to simplify approvals -- and cut back on rewrites
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