Writing in the Disciplines

Why does your philosophy professor love what your psychology professor hates? What goes in a review? Or an abstract? Read below to learn about expectations and conventions of writing in different fields and genres.

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Common Academic Forms Writing an Abstract
Writing an Academic Proposal
Introduction to Argumentative Writing

Writing in the Disciplines Writing in Anthropology
Writing in Art History
Writing in Communication Studies
Writing in Drama Studies
Writing in English
Writing in History
Writing a Literature Review
Writing in Philosophy
Writing in Psychology
Writing in Political Science
Writing in Religious Studies
Writing in the Sciences
Writing in Sociology

Analysis and Review:
Literary Analysis
Purpose, Approach, Planning and Organization
Close Reading
Example of Close Reading
Using Literary Quotations
Conventions of Style
Literary Analysis Essay Sample
Common Literary Analysis Terms
Literary Terms

Analysis and Review:
Poetry Analysis
Writing About Poetry
Purpose, Approach, and Style
How to Read a Poem
Explicating Poetry
Annotated Sample Poetry Essay

Analysis and Review:
Art Analysis
Writing in Art History
Formal Analysis
Questions for Getting Started
Sample Formal Analysis Papers

Analysis and Review:
Performance Review
How to Review a Play
Elements of a Play

Analysis and Review:
Film Review
Visual Rhetoric and Visual Literacy
Writing About Film
Approaches to Writing About Film
Citing Films
Review Essay Sample

Standard Essay Forms:
The Compare and Contrast Essay
Comparison and Contrast Overview
Comparative Analysis
Two Sample Structures
Comparing and Contrasting on a Sentence Level
Compare and Contrast Essay Sample

Standard Essay Forms:
The Persuasive Essay
Writing a “Call to Action”
Guidelines and Example
Persuasive Essay Structure
Sample Structures for Problem-Solving Essays
Persuasive Essay Sample

Standard Essay Forms:
The Narrative Essay
Aims and Organization
Narrative Essay Sample

Standard Essay Forms:
The Descriptive Essay
Descriptive Essay Overview
Questions to Consider When Choosing a Topic
Structuring a Descriptive Essay

Standard Essay Forms:
The Response Paper
Response/Reaction Paper Overview
Brainstorming and Organization
Title, Purpose, Process, and Format
Sample Response Essay
Sample Short Response Papers

Standard Essay Forms:
In-Class Essay Exams
Essay Exam Overview
Preparing for and Writing the Exam
Sample Formats

Standard Essay Forms:
The Scientific Report
Overview of Scientific Writing
Scientific Report Overview
The Lab Report
Journal-Style Scientific Writing
Lessons in Scientific Writing Style
Sample Report

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