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- The PowerEditing™ process and checklists
- Formal Report Pattern as a Word Template: Download and installation instructions
- Mary Jane Long’s Creating Templates and Prototypes with Word (PDF file) shows you how to set up clean, predictable styles for your document.
Interactivities for writing scientific and technical reports:
- Formal Report Worksheet (PDF file)
- Information Summary Template Worksheet (PDF file)
- Greeked text (a text file with mangled Latin to use for prototyping a style sheet)
- A Modest Proposal to Eliminate Acronyms (PDF file, about 450 KB)
- Master captions and other formatting bugaboos in Word: Thomas Holt explains how in MicrosoftWordTips_&_Tricks (PDF file).
English as a Second Language help
- Articles (PDF file) reviews the rules for using articles, a challenging topic for most non-native speakers of English.
- EnglishVerbTenses (PDF file) addresses non-native speakers, but everyone may learn something from this overview.
- The Professional Communicator’s Bibliography and Bookstore is open! The Bookstore, in association with Amazon.com, lists the books I recommend. You can buy these titles directly through my site or print out the list, which includes complete bibliographic information, to use at your local bookstore or library. Amazon is very reliable and usually a good value. But if you are shopping prices, try http://www.bestbookbuys.com/index.html.
- Writing Successful Proposals, available only through Blurb.
- Writing by Design: Scientific and Technical Reports, available only through Blurb.
Style Guides and Other Writing References
- http://www.gpoaccess.gov/stylemanual/index.html. The latest version of the US Government Printing Office Style Manual is online, both as a set of PDF files and as a set of HTML files.
- http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/about/Organizations/TechPubs/Manual/index.html. Although NASA’s Guide to Writing Reports is naturally oriented toward its own agency, it has several tips that are useful for other writers as well.
- http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/www/external/clients/creative_services/style_manual_ext/RAND_StyleManual.pdf. The Rand Corporation publishes its excellent style manual online; you can download it as a PDF file.
- http://www.asindexing.org/about-indexing/index-evaluation-checklist/. American Society of Indexers Indexing Evaluation Checklist.
- http://wordsmith.org/awad/subscribe.html. The A Word a Day list will give you a new word each weekday, defined, used in a sentence, and linked to a sound file so you can hear it pronounced. It educates and amuses me, and I hope you will find it worthwhile, too.
- http://www.stc.org/. The Society for Technical Communication. Both the national society and your local chapter are resources for finding technical editors and writers, some of whom have clearances.
- Larry Lopez’s Write While You Work: Painless Technical Writing for Sandia Engineers is available as a PDF through Sandia’s internal site.
Proposal Writing Links
- http://researchguides.library.wisc.edu/content.php?pid=16143&sid=108666. Excellent collection of sites.
- http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/shortcourse/index.html. Useful short course in proposal writing.
- http://www.learnerassociates.net/proposal. Course with examples.
Robert’s Rules of Order
“Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.”
— Henry M. Robert
Unless otherwise indicated, all quoted material derives from the 1915, public domain version of Robert’s Rules of Order Revised, by Henry M. Robert, which may be accessed online at http://unseelie.org/rror.
- Simplified Rules of Order. This PDF version was prepared for the Psychiatry ResidentsTM Association of the University of British Columbia.
- Taking Minutes According to Robert’s Rules of Order (PDF file). My transcription with minimal editing.