Technical Writing

(4 reviews)


Annemarie Hamlin, Central Oregon Community College
Chris Rubio, Central Oregon Community College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

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Reviewed by Corrine Holke-Farnam, Instructor, University of Northern Iowa, on 2/9/2017.

The text provides an adequate overview of the field for beginners in technical writing. … read more



Reviewed by Jennifer Barton, Advanced Instructor, Virginia Tech, on 2/9/2017.

The book appears to be written for a course designed around a specific major project that asks students to write a proposal for a technical report … read more



Reviewed by Ruth Perkins, Adjunct instructor, Chemeketa Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The text clearly focuses on research and report writing in a business context. These are appropriately and adequately covered. The table of contents … read more



Reviewed by Daniel Hocutt, Web Manager & Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies, on 4/12/2017.

The text does not include an index or glossary, but does provide a comprehensive table of contents. The text introduces itself as an introductory … read more


Table of Contents

1. Professional Communications

  • 1.1 Texting
  • 1.2 E-mail
  • 1.3 Netiquette
  • 1.4 Memorandums
  • 1.5 Letters

2. Audience Analysis

  • 2.1 Types of audiences
  • 2.2 Audience analysis
  • 2.3 Adapting your writing to meet your audience’s needs

3. Proposals

  • 3.1 Some preliminaries
  • 3.2 Types of proposals
  • 3.3 Typical scenarios for the proposal
  • 3.4 Common sections in proposals
  • 3.5 Special assignment requirements
  • 3.6 Proposals and audience
  • 3.7 Revision checklist for proposals

4. Information Literacy

  • 4.1 Information formats
  • 4.2 The information timeline
  • 4.3 The research cycle
  • 4.4 Research tools
  • 4.5 Search strategies
  • 4.6 Evaluate sources

5. Citations and Plagiarism

  • 5.1 Citations
  • 5.2 Plagiarism

6. Progress Reports

  • 6.1 Functions and Contents of Progress Reports
  • 6.2 Timing and Format of Progress Reports
  • 6.3 Organizational Patterns or Sections for Progress Reports
  • 6.4 Other Parts of Progress Reports
  • 6.5 Revision Checklist for Progress Reports

7. Outlines

  • 7.1 Creating and using outlines
  • 7.2 Developing the rough outline

8. Creating and Integrating Graphics

  • 8.1 Deciding which graphics to include
  • 8.2 Other considerations: audience
  • 8.3 Other considerations: placement and context
  • 8.4 Samples
  • 8.5 Guidelines for graphics: a final review

9. Ethics in Technical Writing

  • 9.1 General Principles
  • 9.2 Presentation of information
  • 9.3 Typical Ethics Issues in Technical Writing
  • 9.4 Ethics and documenting sources
  • 9.5 Ethics, Plagiarism, and Reliable Sources
  • 9.6 Professional ethics

10. Document Design

  • 10.1 Cover letter
  • 10.2 Cover page
  • 10.3 Abstract and executive summary
  • 10.4 Table of contents
  • 10.5 List of figures and tables
  • 10.6 Introduction
  • 10.7 Body of the report

About the Book

This open textbook offers students of technical writing an introduction to the processes and products  involved in professional, workplace, and technical writing. The text is broken up into sections reflecting key components of researching, developing, and producing a technical report. Readers will also learn about other professional communication, designing documents, and creating and integrating graphics. Written especially for an academic setting, this book provides readers with guidance on information literacy and documenting sources. This book was collected, adapted, and edited from multiple openly licensed sources.

About the Contributors


Annemarie Hamlin is an Associate Professor of English at Central Oregon Community College.

Chris Rubio is an Assistant Professor at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, OR.