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The Essentials of Technical Communication Paperback – November 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195384222 ISBN-10: 9780195384222 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780195384222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195384222
  • ASIN: 0195384229
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book judiciously balances between the comprehensive textbook and the cursory pocket guide. It practices what it preaches and maintains consistent focus on the challenge of writing for readers who don't want to read. Highly recommended."--Donald R. Riccomini, Santa Clara University, in Technical Communication, Volume 58, No. 1


"Effective, concise, and thorough."--Elizabeth Childs, Auburn University


"Well written and designed."--Kendall Kelly, Texas State University, San Marcos


"The examples mirror what I am teaching, especially in terms of document design, content, organization, concision, and clarity."--Richie Crider, University of Maryland


--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Elizabeth Tebeaux is Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Sam Dragga is Professor of English at Texas Tech University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol on March 10, 2011
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We have just begun to use this textbook in our technical writing classes at New Jersey Institute of Technology and it is perfect for us. It's inexpensive, it's small enough to carry and the chapters contain the most essential aspects of technical communication. Several instructors have built their entire course using this book. The quip on the front cover, "No one wants to read what you write," serves as an excellent introduction for students who are used to writing for a captive professorial audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Alexander on December 6, 2013
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While I found this textbook to be pretty informative, I felt that a lot of the information was sort of "no duh". This may be because of my background in business, but I thought that for a college textbook it was pretty basic, definitely could have and should be a high school level class. It certainly does contain "the essentials", which is actually not nearly as much material as you would think. It's no larger than a chapter book, and when I got it in the mail I actually felt ripped off that I had spent so much money for so little. The book itself is quite small though, easy to carry in your backpack or even purse to class if you need to.

Overall though, it was easy to read, carry, and thankfully sell back after the class was over. The information related very well to the class, and supplemented class sessions quite well. However, I don't think it's a textbook I would ever refer to after the fact, especially with the internet being so abundant with its basic information.
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By Ali on December 31, 2013
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Interesting read and helpful for the most part. Used as part of the curriculum for NJIT Technical Writing and I enjoyed the class and the assignments in the book.
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By Sirlyle on December 25, 2013
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This book was only needed for one of my college courses. We barely used it, but the book is good for understanding the basics of technical writing and how to communicate effectively.
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By Liz C on November 6, 2013
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I bought this as a textbook for a class I was taking and this was a good manual for the subject. Plenty of explanations and examples, a must keep for my bookshelf, and anyone else who is interested in the subject.
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By Carol on October 5, 2013
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The book was just as described. It was just and had some writing and highlights but zzz does nt affect the use.
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Very informative, help with different aspects of writing normally covered in less detail. Gives great writing technique on every aspect of writing and different types of documents.
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This book provides detailed examples and explanations on what it means to be a technical communicator. There are many example documents and figures to show you what a good document looks like. This book explains the basics of technical communication.
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