Writing in the Disciplines
While the University's general education program emphasizes clear written communication tactics that are broadly applicable across the curriculum, disciplines and programs often have specific expectations that students must learn. Writing in Biology requires a different set of skills than writing in Accounting, which is different from writing in Philosophy or Political Science or Music. Instructors teach these skills to enhance student communication skills. As students move up in their degree programs, they acquire and deepen their understanding of the professional expectations they face in the field.
Students in general may find it useful to browse specific expectations and study examples of student writing. Good examples can often be found in the Library archives as a result of a range of writing contests sponsored across the campus. One of the most important for first year students is the duPont-Ball Library’s Evans C Johnson Research Award, given annually to a first year student who has produced a research essay that demonstrates outstanding research skills. The R. Neil Scott Research Prize, also given by the duPont-Ball Library, is awarded for outstanding research skills in the area of business or economics.
Departments and programs often offer essay contests and awards. Check this list of the currently available student writing awards.
During the senior capstone experience, students can archive their work with the Library. Check here for examples of senior level work.
• The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information Reference QD8.5 .A25 2006
• MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Ready Reference (@ Circulation Desk) LB2369 .G53 2016
• Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: Ready Reference (@ Circulation Desk) BF76.7 .P83