Guidelines for Report Writing, 4th edition

  • Ron Blicq
  • Lisa A. Moretto

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Overview

Designed for courses in technical communication, report writing, and business communication.

This easy-to-use reference handbook is designed to help business/technical professionals and students alike write effective reports. Various reports are covered and explained through the use of Blicq's famous “pyramid method” - a technique that helps the writer identify the most important points of the report and group the remaining information in a logical, sequential manner. Guidelines for Report Writing is an excellent resource for one-semester introductory technical writing courses, and follow-up courses devoted exclusively to report-writing.

Table of contents



Preface.

I. A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO REPORT WRITING.

 1. How to Use These Guidelines.

 2. The Report Writer's Pyramid.

II. INFORMAL REPORTS.

 3. Incident, Field Trip, and Inspection Reports.

 4. Progress Reports, Project Completion Reports, and Short Investigation Reports.

III. SEMIFORMAL REPORTS AND PROPOSALS.

5. Test and Laboratory Reports.

6. Investigation and Evaluation Reports.

7. Suggestions and Proposals.

IV. FORMAL REPORTS.

8. The Formal Report.

V. REPORT WRITING TECHNIQUES AND METHODS.

9. Appearance and Format of Memorandum, Letter, and Semiformal Reports.

10. Developing a Writing Style.

11. Writing a List of References and Bibliography.

12. Inserting Illustrations into Reports.

13. Guidelines for Spelling and Handling Abbreviations and Numbers.

14. The Report Writing Process.

15. Guidelines for Working with a Report Production Team.

16. Index.

Published by Pearson Canada (July 15th 2000) - Copyright © 2001