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General Guidelines on Conciseness in Writing

Recommended Print Resources

  • Fiske, R. H. (2014). To the point: A dictionary of concise writing. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. (UL Reference PE1464 .F57 2014)
  • Kallan, R. A. (2013). Renovating your writing: Shaping ideas into clear, concise, and compelling messages.Boston: Pearson. (UL PE1408 .K257 2013)
  • Koerber, D., & Allen, G. (2015). Clear, precise, direct: Strategies for writing.Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.(UL PE1408 .K68 2014)

Book Chapters

  • Calleros, C. R. (2011). Legal method and writing, 6th Ed. New York: Aspen Publishers. (UL Law KF250 .C345 2011)
    Chapter 13(II): Concise writing
  • Fowler, H. R., & Aaron, J. E. (2012). The little, brown handbook. Boston: Pearson. (UL PE1112 .F64 2012)
    Chapter 23f: Being concise
    Chapter 29: Writing concisely
  • Howard, R. M. (2010). Writing matters: A handbook for writing and research, 1st Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. (UL PE1408 .H68524 2010)
    Chapter 25: Writing concisely
  • Kail, R. V. (2015). Scientific writing for psychology: Lessons in clarity and style. Los Angeles: SAGE. (UL BF76 .K35 2015)
    Lesson 3: Writing concisely, with some spice
  • MacRae, P. (2015). Business and professional writing: A basic guide. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press. (UL HF5718.3 .M33 2015)
    Chapter 2: The seven Cs of good professional communication
  • Osmond, A. (2016). Academic writing and grammar for students, 2nd Ed. London: SAGE. (CC LB2369 .O86 2016)
    Chapter 7: Conciseness and clarity
  • o Wallwork, A. (2011). English for writing research papers. New York: Springer. (CC LB2369 .W267 2011)
    Chapter 5: Being concise and removing redundancy


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