Bibliography – Basic Technical Writing Skills


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Billingham, Jo. Editing and revising text. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Bush, Donald W., and Charles P. Campbell. How to Edit Technical Documents. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx, 1995.

Butcher, Judith. Copy-Editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors and Publishers, 3rd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Hart, Geoff. Effective Onscreen Editing: New Tools for an Old Profession. Arlington, VA: Society for Technical Communication, 2007.

Judd, Karen. Copyediting: A Practical Guide. Los Altos, CA: William Kaufmann, 1982.

Maniak, Angela J. To Revise or Not to Revise: The Essential Guide to Reviewing Somebody Else’s Writing. Skill-Builders Press, 2005.

Plotnick, Arthur. The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1982.

Samson, Donald C. Editing Technical Writing. Oxford University Press, USA, 1993.

Tarutz, Judith. Technical Editing: The Practical Guide for Editors and Writers. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1992.

Van Buren, Robert and Mary Fran Buehler. The Levels of Edit, 2nd ed. Arlington, VA: Society for Technical Communication, 1991.

White, Jan V. Editing by Design: Word-and-Picture Communication for Editors and Designers. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker, 1974.


Alred, Gerald J., Walter E. Oliu, and Charles T Brusaw. The Professional Writer. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.

Alred, Gerald J., Charles T Brusaw and Walter E. Oliu. The Handbook of Technical Writing, 9th ed. Boston, MA: St. Martin’s Press, 2008.

Alred, Gerald J., Charles T Brusaw and Walter E. Oliu. The Technical Writer’s Companion, 3rd ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2001.

Anderson, Paul V. Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach, 6th ed. Wadsworth Publishing, 2006.

Barnum, Carol M., and Saul Carliner, eds. Techniques for Technical Communicators. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1993.

Beer, David F. Writing and Speaking in the Technology Professions: A Practical Guide. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2003.

Blake, Gary, and Robert W. Bly. The Elements of Technical Writing. Longman, 2000.

Blicq, R. Technically Write! Communicating in a Technological Era. Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall Canada Ltd., 1992.

Bovey, Courtland and John V. Thill. Business Communication Today, 9th ed. Prentice Hall, 2007.

Bremer, Michael. Untechnical Writing: How to Write About Technical Subjects and Products So Anyone Can Understand. Concord: UnTechnical Press, 1999.

Brogan, John A. Clear Technical Writing. Career Education, 1973.

Brusaw, Charles T., Gerald J. Alred, and Walter E. Oliu. Handbook of Technical Writing, 5th ed. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Burnett, E. Technical Communication, 6th ed. Wadsworth Publishing, 2004.

Choi, Danny. English Technical Writing Guide. Arlington, VA: Society for Technical Communication, 2008.

Cook, Claire Kehrwald. Line by Line: How to Improve your Own Writing. Houghton Mifflin, 1986.

Delaware Technical and Community College. Writing Skills for Technical Students. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988.

Dobrin, Sidney I., Christian R. Weisser, and Christopher J. Keller. Technical Communication in the Twenty-First Century, 2nd ed. Prentice Hall, 2009.

Flesch, Rudolph and A.H. Lass. The Classic Guide to Better Writing. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1966.

Fowler, H. Ramsey, and Jane E. Aaron. The Little, Brown Handbook, 7th ed. New York, NY: Longman, 1998.

Fruehling, R. and J. Lacombe. Communicating for Results. St. Paul, MN: Paradigm Publishing, 1996.

Gerson, Sharon J., and Steven M. Gerson. Technical Writing: Process and Product, 6th ed. Prentice Hall, 2007.

Gurak, Laura J. and John M. Lannon. A Concise Guide to Technical Communication, 3rd ed. Longman, 2006.

Gurak, Laura J. and Mary E. Hocks. The Technical Communication Handbook. Longman, 2008.

Hannigan, Carrie, et al. Kaplan Technical Writing: A Resource for Writers at All Levels. New York, NY: Kaplan Publishing, 2008.

Haramundanis, Katherine. The Art of Technical Documentation. Cambridge, MA: Digital Press, 1992.

Hargis, Gretchen et al. Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: IBM Press, 2004.

Johnson, Roy. Improve Your Writing Skills. Manchester: Clifton Press, 1995.

Johnson-Sheehan, Richard. Technical Communication Today, 3rd ed. Longman, 2009.

Joshi, Yateendra. Communicating in Style. New Delhi, India: The Energy and Resources Institute, 2003.

Lannon, John M. Technical Communication, 11th ed. Longman, 2007.

Lindsell-Roberts, Sheryl. Technical Writing for Dummies. New York, NY: Hungry Minds, 2001.

Oh, Inhee. Technical Communication for Beginners. Arlington, VA: Society for Technical Communication, 1997.

Olsen, Leslie and Thomas Huckin. Technical Writing and Professional Communication, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 1991.

Pearsall, Thomas E. The Elements of Technical Writing, 3rd ed. Longman, 2008.

Pfeiffer, William S. Pocket Guide to Technical Communication, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006.

Pfeiffer, William S., and Kaye E. Adkins. Technical Writing: A Practical Approach, 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2009.

Pickett, Nell Ann, Ann Appleton Laster, and Katherine E. Staples. Technical English: Writing, Reading, and Speaking, 8th ed. Longman, 2000.

Reep, Diana C. Technical Writing, 7th ed. Longman, 2008.

Rew, Lois Johnson. Introduction to Technical Writing: Process and Practice, 2nd ed. St.Martin’s Press, 1993.

Shelton, James H. Handbook for Technical Writing. Chicago, IL: NTC Business Books, 1994.

Sides, Charles H. How to Write & Present Technical Information. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1999.

Smith, Frank. Writing and the Writer, 2nd ed. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1994.

Smith-Worthington, Darlene and Sue Jefferson. Technical Writing for Success. South-Western Educational Publishing, 2004.

Troyka, Lynn Quitman. Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers, 3rd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1993.

Trzyna, Thomas N. and Margaret Batschlet. Writing for the Technical Professions, 4th ed. Wadsworth Publishing, 1987.

Van Emden. Joan and Jennifer Easteal. Technical Writing and Speaking. McGraw-Hill, 1996.

Van Laan, Krista, Catherine Julian, and JoAnn Hackos. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Technical Writing. Alpha Books, 2001.

Van Wicklen, Janet. The Technical Writer’s Survival Guide: A Comprehensive Handbook for Aspiring Technical Writers. New York, NY: Checkmark Books, 2002.

Woolever, Kristin R. Writing for the Technical Professions, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Longman, 2002.

Worley, Wanda L and Rebecca A. Fitterling. Technical Writing: The Fundamentals. Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2008.


Allen, Robert. Punctuation. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2002.

Elliott, Rebecca. Painless Grammar, 2nd ed. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2006.

Hewings, Martin. Advanced Grammar In Use, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Hilton, Catherine, and Margaret Hyder. Getting to Grips with Punctuation and Grammar. Letts, 1998.

Kirkman, John. Full Marks: Advice on Punctuation for Scientific and Technical Writing, 3rd ed. Wiltshire: Ramsbury, 1999.

Lester, Mark and Larry Beason. Handbook of English Grammar and Usage. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

Lukeman, Noah. A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2007.

Spruiell, William C., and Dorothy E. Zemach. Schaum’s Easy Outline of Writing and Grammar. McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Taylor, Priscilla S. and Mary Stoughton. The Great Grammar Challenge: Test Yourself on Punctuation, Usage, Grammar—and More. Alexandria, VA: EEI Press, 1996.

Thurman, Susan and Larry Shea. The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment, 2nd ed. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2003.

Woods, Geraldine. English Grammar for Dummies. New York, NY: Hungry Minds, 2001.


Bonura, Larry. The Art of Indexing. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1994.

Browne, Glenda and John Jermy. The Indexing Companion. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Mulvaney, Nancy. Indexing Books, 2nd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2005.


DeSenna, Laura Hennessey. Preventing Plagiarism: Tips and Techniques. National Council of Teachers of English, 2007.

Gilmore, Gary. Plagiarism: Why It Happens and How to Prevent It. Heinemann, 2008.

Plain Language

Cutts, M. and C. Maher. The Plain English Story. Stockport, UK: Plain English Campaign, 1986.

Steinberg, E.R. (ed.). Plain Language: Principles and Practices. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1991.


Allen, Robert. Spelling. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.


Crystal, David. English as a Global Language. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Holloway, Brian R. Technical Writing Basics: A Guide to Style and Form, 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2007.

Jones, Dan, and Sam Dragga. Technical Writing Style. Longman, 1997.

Stoughton, Mary. Substance & Style: Instruction and Practice in Copyediting. Alexandria, VA: EEI Press, 1996.

Strunk, William Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style, 4th ed. Pearson Higher Education, 2000.

Williams, Joseph M. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity & Grace, 3rd ed. Glen View, IL: Scott, Foreman & Company, 1989.

Williams, Joseph M. Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Young, Matt.Technical W writer’s Handbook: Writing with Style and Clarity. University Science Books, 2002.


Bringhurst, Robert. The Elements of Typographic Style, 2nd ed. Point Roberts, Hartley & Marks, 2002.

Burt, C.A. Psychological Study of Typography. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1959.

Craig, J. Designing with Type: A Basic Course in Typography. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 1980.

Rehe, R.F. Typography: How to Make It More Legible. Carmel, IN: Design Research International, 1974.


Bernstein, Theodore. The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage. New York, NY: Free Press, 1995.

Verb Tenses

MacFadyen, Heather. Using Verb Tenses. University of Ottawa, 1996.

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