Technical Writing Resources [books, in particular]

Subject: Technical Writing Resources [books, in particular]
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 20:34:33 -0400


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Hello all,

I'm compiling a list of grammar and writing resources for some of the technical specialists at my company. In addition to my usual list of go-to grammar and writing resources I have come to trust over time, I would like to include a few well-regarded, engaging, and easy-to-read books on technical writing. My background is in anthropology and scholarly editing, with some applied math/science editing experience, not specifically in the field of technical communication; therefore, I'm looking to expand my reference library and am in need of some firsthand feedback.

Our specialists include environmental planners, biologists, archaeologists, permitting specialists, and architects--all of whom fall in the category of specialists who must write as part of their jobs, not professional technical writers. So, I'm looking for good sources dealing with either basic technical writing skills across disciplines or technical writing skills geared toward the natural sciences. I have started to identify some potential technical writing books, but I would greatly appreciate any and all suggestions.

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Technical Editor


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