You will also need access to a
manual of style appropriate to your field of study, such as the ACS,
APA, CBE, Chicago Manual of Style, Microsoft Manual of Style, MLA, and so on.
You don’t necessarily need to buy one if you can put your hands on it
while you’re doing class projects, but if you are interested in becoming
a technical editor, get yourself a manual of style!
This is an excellent text, containing a massive amount of information,
exercises, and links to outside resources. I expect you to read all the
assigned material, and will give occasional tests on the readings, but we
will not use all the assignments listed at the end of the chapters. Feel
free to work through these assignments yourself, to further your learning. I
advise you to keep this book for when you go into the world of business or
industry; it's an invaluable resource. Also available from online
booksellers such as Amazon (click
here to review and/or buy this book from Amazon.com) and Powell's
here to review and/or buy this book from Powell's Books).
Alternately, use your email or FTP to back up your assignments. Many
students send a copy of their coursework to themselves as a backup and
use it to make sure they have their assignments available when they are
due (in case of disk or flash-drive failure).