Research Guides

Writing Technical and Scientific Reports


Recommended Readings


Alred, Gerald J. et al. The technical writer's companion. 3rd ed. Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2002.
808.0666 A45


Beall, Herbert and Trimbur, John. A short guide to writing about chemistry. 2nd ed. New York : Longman, c2001.
808.06654 B3


Beer, David F. and McMurrey, David A. A guide to writing as an engineer. 2nd ed. Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, c2005.
808.0666 B41


Blicq, Ron and Moretto, Lisa A. Writing reports to get results : quick, effective results using the pyramid method. 3rd ed. [Piscataway, N.J.] : IEEE Press ; New York : Wiley-Interscience, c2001.
808.066651 B64


Bradley-Johnson, Sharon and Johnson, C. Merle. A handbook for writing effective psychoeducational reports. Austin, Tex. : Pro-Ed, c1998.
E 808.6637 B8


Finkelstein, Leo. Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists. 2nd ed. Boston : McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2005.
808.0666 F499 p


Gastel, Barbara. Health writer's handbook. 2nd ed. Ames, Iowa : Blackwell Publishing, c2005.
808.06661 G25 (AV & Reserve)


Gerson, Sharon J. and Gerson, Steven M. Technical writing : process and product. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2000.
808.0666 G382 t


Haile, J. M. Technical style. Central, S.C. : Macatea Productions, c2001.
808.0666 H15


Hailman, Jack Parker and Strier, Karen B. Planning, proposing, and presenting science effectively : a guide for graduate students and researchers in the behavioral sciences and biology. 2nd ed. Cambridge, England ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
570.72 H151 p


Holloway, Brian R. Technical writing basics : a guide to style and form. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, c2005.
808.0666 H745 t


Inaba, K. (Kay) et al. Guidelines for developing instructions. Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, c2004.
808.0666 I35


Jenicek, Milos. Clinical case reporting in evidence-based medicine. 2nd ed. London : Arnold ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
M 616.09 J51


Jones, Dan. Technical writing style. Boston, Mass. : Allyn and Bacon, c1998.
D 808.0666 J7


Kovac, Jeffrey and Sherwood, Donna W. Writing across the chemistry curriculum : an instructor's handbook. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2001.
808.06654 K88 w


Lindsell-Roberts, Sheryl. Technical writing for dummies. New York, N.Y. : Hungry Minds, c2001.
808.0666 L751 t


MacMillan, Mhairi and Clark, Dot. Learning and writing in counselling. London : Sage, 1998.
808.06636106 M16


Malmfors, Birgitta et al. Writing and presenting scientific papers. 2nd ed. Nottingham : Nottingham University Press, 2004.
808.0665 M25


Matthews, Janice R. et al. Successful scientific writing : a step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. 2nd ed. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
808.06661 M43


Ownby, Raymond L. Psychological reports : a guide to report writing in professional psychology. 3rd ed. New York : J. Wiley, c1997.
808.06615 O9


Penrose, Ann M. and Katz, Steven B. Writing in the sciences : exploring conventions of scientific discourse. 2nd ed. New York : Pearson/Longman, c2004.
808.0665 P41


Pfeiffer, William S. Technical writing : a practical approach. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, c2003.
808.0666 P52


Reep, Diana C. Technical writing : principles, strategies, and readings. 5th ed. New York : Longman, c2003.
808.0666 R32


Riordan, Daniel G. and Pauley, Steven E. Technical report writing today. 8th ed. Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, c2002.
808.0666 R58


Runeson, Goran and Skitmore, Martin. Writing research reports : a practical guide for students of the built environment. Victoria, Australia : Deakin University Press, 1999.
808.06669 R94


Van Laan, Krista and Julian, Catherine. The complete idiot's guide to technical writing. Indianapolis, Ind. : Alpha Books, 2001.
808.0666 V2


VanAlstyne, Judith S. and Tritt, Merrill D. Professional and technical writing strategies : communicating in technology and science. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2002.
029.6 V217


Wolcott, Harry F. Writing up qualitative research. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2001.
808.0666 W84


Woolever, Kristin R. Writing for the technical professions. 2nd ed. New York : Longman, c2002.
808.0666 W913 w


A Field guide for science writers : the official guide of the National Association of Science Writers. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
070.4495 F453V


How to write a paper. 3rd ed. London : BMJ Books, 2003.
808.0665 H8
Internet Access


The Psychology student writer's manual. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2002.
808.06615 P97


Reporting technical information. 10th ed. New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
808.0666 H83


Science and technical writing : a manual of style. 2nd ed. New York : Routledge, 2001.
808.0666 S41
Internet Access


Audio-visual Materials

The Report writer for lab reports. Ver. 2.2. Hong Kong : Clarity Language Consultants Ltd., c1997.
AV 808.066 R42 l (CD-ROM)

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Web Resources

Engineering Communication Centre
Designed and maintained by Engineering Communication Centre Staff, The University of Toronto.


Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization : a Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors
Maintained by Mary K. McCaskill, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia.


Guide to Writing Expedition Reports
By Shane Winser & Nicholas McWilliam, Expedition Advisory Centre of the Royal Geographical Society, with The Institute of British Geographers.


Hints on Style for Scientific and Technical Writing
Maintained by Academic Skills Office, The University of New England, Australia.


Hints on Technical Report Writing
Maintained by John Ringwood, School of Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University.

Laboratory Reports
Maintained by Virginia Tech.


Online Technical Writing : Online Textbook Contents
Information is provided and maintained by David A. McMurrey.


Preparing Your Laboratory Report
Maintained by Psych Web.


Psychological Writing
Maintained by Stephen Lea, Department of Psychology, University of Exeter.


Scientific Report Writing
Maintained by Andrew C. Comrie, Department of Geography and Regional Development, University of Arizona.


A Short Course on Writing Technical Reports
Maintained by Nancy Halligan.


Online Technical Writings
Information is provided and maintained by


Technical Writing (by Ronald B. Standler)
Maintained by Ronald B. Standler.


Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
Contributed by Virginia Tech, University of Illinois, University of Texas and Georgia Tech.


Writing Technical Articles
Material provided by Gail Kaiser, Craig Partridge, Sumit Roy, Eric Siegel, Sal Stolfo, Luca Trevisan, Yechiam Yemini and Erez Zadok at Columbia University.


Writing Technical Articles and Reports
Maintained by Saskatchewan Education.