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Updated February 2007 — now very out of date!

Clear technical writing, by John A. Brogan
McGraw-Hill, 1973, ISBN 0070079749. Out of print, but available from
Designing web-based training, by William Horton
“How to teach anyone anything anywhere anytime,” John Wiley & Sons, 2000, ISBN 047135614X.
Developing Quality Technical Information, by Gretchen Hargis et al.
“A Handbook for Writers and Editors,” Second edition, IBM Press, 2004, ISBN 0131477498.
Dynamics in Document Design, by Karen A. Schriver
John Wiley & Sons, 1997, ISBN 0471306363.
Handbook of Technical Writing, by Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, Walter E. Oliu
8th edition, St. Martin’s Press, 2006, ISBN 0312352670.
The Elements of Internet Style: The New Rules of Creating Valuable Content for Today’s Readers, by Editors of EEI Press
Allworth Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1581154924.
How to Communicate Technical Information, by Jonathan Price and Henry Korman
“A handbook of software and hardware documentation,” Addison-Wesley Professional, 1993, ISBN 0805368299.
Human Factors for Technical Communicators, by Marlana Coe
John Wiley & Sons, 1996, ISBN 0471035300.
Instruction Writer’s Guide, by Marilyn Haight
“How to Explain How to Do Anything,” Infinity Pub, 2005, ISBN 0741426684.
International Technical Communication, by Nancy L. Hoft
“How to export information about high technology,” John Wiley & Sons, 1995, ISBN 0471037435.
Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works, by Janice (Ginny) Redish
Morgan Kaufmann, 2007, ISBN 978-0123694867.
Making Instruction Work, by Robert F. Mager
“A step-by-step guide to designing and developing instruction that works,” Center for Effective Performance, 1997, ISBN 1879618028.
Procedure Writing: Principles and Practices, by Douglas Wieringa, Christopher Moore, Valerie Barnes
2nd ed., Battelle Press, 1998, ISBN 1574770527.
Proposal Writing, by William S. Pfeiffer and Charles H. Keller, Jr.
“The art of friendly and winning persuasion”, Prentice Hall, 1999, ISBN 0136582133.
Standards for Online Communication, by JoAnn T. Hackos and Dawn M. Stevens
John Wiley & Sons, 1997, ISBN 0471156957.
Technical Writing 101, by Alan S. Pringle and Sarah S. O’Keefe
“A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Documentation.” Second Edition,
Scriptorium Press, 2003, ISBN 097047332X.
Writing Effective Policies and Procedures, by Nancy J. Campbell
“A Step-by-Step Resource for Clear Communication,” AMACOM, 1998, ISBN 081447960X.
Writing for Multimedia and the Web, by Timothy Garrand
“A Practical Guide to Content Development for Interactive Media,” Third Edition, Focal Press, 2006, ISBN 0240808223.