Some forms of academic writing are common across different disciplines: e.g. abstracts, critical analyses, literature reviews, and research papers.

The resources on this page help you as a writer learn more about these typical assignments—keeping in mind that “one size does not fit all.” A critical analysis of a short story has notably different aims and approaches than, say, a critical analysis of studies on the effectiveness of a new teaching method.

Each “typical” writing assignment may have requirements tailored to a discipline or even to a specific course. Always check with your instructor or TA about specific requirements.

Literature review

Research paper

Other typical situations