Writing in the Disciplines

A short video explaining that writing is different in all disciplines.

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How to get the most out of studying
What is an Academic Paper?

Top Tips

Find out the conventions for different types of writing in particular disciplines:

  1. Check the course and department websites for examples or explanations. 
    Useful advice on specific genres: 
  2. Seek guidance from your professor.
  3. Look for handbooks and guides on how to write in specific disciplines.
  4. Undertake research on different types of documents by looking at what is available on the internet. For example, putting in the words “discussion papers for conferences” brings up a wide variety of discussion papers for a conference audience.
  5. Writing in Engineering, University of Toronto. Rhetorical patterns.

What is an Academic Paper?

Enhance your Learning

In this video, Grammar Squirrel and her friends perform some experiments in the field before finding out first-hand why it is so important to be accurate when using numbers and units in their science writing. They learn the importance of getting unit abbreviations right, as well as picking up some tips for making numbers easy to interpret.

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Numbers and Units

Enhance your Wellness

Writing for extended periods of time requires energy, attention and concentration. Giving yourself a short break may reboot your thinking. Get outdoors, have a nutritious snack, connect with a friend. Or consider a brief mindfulness moment. Check out this short video called “One Moment Meditation: How to Meditate in a Moment”.

For more wellness resources, see https://services.viu.ca/counselling/health-wellness-resources

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Improve Your Writing and Research

Improve Your Writing and Research

Assistance to be a better writer while you find and cite information accurately

Value for Me?

It can be hard to get started on a piece of writing when it’s in an unfamiliar genre or discipline. For example, if you’re used to writing lab reports, you might not know how to get started on a thesis-driven essay. 

You will find that each discipline has its own special norms and customs when it comes to text and information structure.

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Writing is a Process

Technology Integration

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iAnnotate PDF - iOS
Xodo PDF Reader & Editor - Android OS 
PDFs are a staple of an student’s academic life - highlighting text, writing notes, circling, marking, and more options.

OfficeSuite Pro 7 (PDF & HD)
Write a paper, create a presentation, or make a spreadsheet. 

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