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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.


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


Writing Engineering Reports
Wayne State University


Writing a statement of teaching philosophy 
SFU Student Learning Commons


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


Writing a History Paper
SFU Student Learning Commons

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

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


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

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


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


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

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Techniques for Clear Scientific Writing and Editing
Journal of Neuroscience

University of Richmond Writing Center


Scientific Research Reports
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Biology Laboratory Reports
University of Richmond Writing Center


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.