Letter of Application
Resources: Books on
Editing, Style, and Usage
An effective, detailed book on
editing technical documents is Donald Sampson's
Editing Technical Writing, Oxford University
For general conventions of documents and design of graphics see Charles T. Brusaw, Concise Handbook of Technical Writing, St Martins, 1997. *
A helpful book on sentence clarity is Joseph M. Williams Style : Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 5th edition, Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 1996. *
A commonly used generic text is John Grossman, ed., The Chicago Manual of Style : The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers (14th Edition) Univ of Chicago Press, 1993.
An inexpensive classic is William Strunk and E. B. White, Elements of Style 3rd edition, Allyn & Bacon 1995.
For current information on word choice, capitalization, and gender references, see any of the major newspaper style guides. A current source is Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual,, Norm Goldstein, ed. Revised and updated June, 1998.
A recently revised classic is Wilson Follett, Erik Wensberg, Modern American Usage : A Guide, revised edition Hill & Wang, 1998.
Style guides for specific situations include:
United States Government Printing Office Style Manual
American Mathematical Societys A Manual for Authors of Mathematical Papers
For grammar and punctuation see any college handbook. A popular source is Harbrace College Handbook : With 1998 MLA Style Manual Updates (Rev 13th Ed) Harcourt, Brace College & School Division, 1998.