11Discipline-Specific Assignments

A Comparison of Disciplinary Writing Features

  Method of Organization Approach Preferred Documentation Voice Preferred
Sciences and Technology headings objective: 3rd person pronouns CBE (biological)CHE (chemical) passive
Social Sciences headings objective: 3rd person pronouns APA; Chicago (preferred by some history, religion depts.) active or passive (depends on purpose)
Humanities and the Arts transitions subjective at times; 1st person for opinions MLA active
  Tense Preferred Tone Style
and Technology
past tense for experiments; present tense for results formal factual; may use specialized vocabulary
past tense for literature reviews; present tense for recommendations formal factual; may use specialized vocabulary
Humanities and the Arts historical present tense for references to literature formal or informal, depending on audience and purpose may use figurative language, humor, anecdotes, dialogue



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