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Student Learning Commons: Writing for university: Disciplines

The resources on this page help familiarize you with the expectations of discipline-specific assignments. Keep in mind that (a) this list is not exhaustive, and (b) your writing assignment may have specific requirements not covered by these resources. Always check with your instructor or TA.

Business

SFU Business Writing Mentors 
SFU Beedie School of Business

Best Practices for Business Writing
Focus on report formatting and style

Business Writing
Literacy and learning, resources for technical and business writing

Professional, Technical, and Job Search Writing
The University of Purdue Online Writing Lab. Some specific genres and strategies at the Purdue OWL include

Engineering

Writing Engineering Reports
Wayne State University

Education

Writing a statement of teaching philosophy 
SFU Student Learning Commons

English

Critical Reading
A guide to analyzing poetry and fiction and writing an analytical essay, Brock University

Using Literary Quotations
How to incorporate material from literature into your analysis paper, University of Wisconsin, Madison

History

Writing a History Paper
SFU Student Learning Commons

A Student's Guide to the Study of History
The History Guide.org

Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students
Patrick Rael, Bowdoin College

Student's Guide to Writing History Papers
McGill University Dept. of History

Writing About History and The Comparative Essay
Writing at the University of Toronto

Philosophy

Writing a Philosophy Paper
Peter Horban, SFU Dept. of Philosophy

Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper
Jim Pryor, New York University

Psychology

Psychology Experimental Reports
Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Writing for Psychology
Harvard University Dept. of Psychology

Surviving (and acing) PSYC 300
Tips from a graduate writing facilitator

Science

General writing tips for science students
Style, clarity, and paraphrasing

Writing strategies for science students
Formal lab reports and critical reviews

Writing in the Sciences
University College Writing Centre, University of Toronto

Sciences
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Techniques for Clear Scientific Writing and Editing
Journal of Neuroscience

Abstracts
University of Richmond Writing Center

Reports

Scientific Research Reports
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Biology Laboratory Reports
University of Richmond Writing Center

Sociology

Sociology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Writing Sociology Papers
State University of New York, Geneseo

Additional resources

Find additional information about how to succeed in specific courses.

Citing and formatting

And see the SFU Library's citation and style guides for more on citing and formatting in the various styles.