Discipline refers to an established area of academic study such as Psychology, Biology, History, etc. Each discipline provides its own framework (theoretical perspectives and research methodologies) through which a topic may be analyzed and understood.


Disciplinary approaches differ with respect to questions such as the following:


 What constitutes an appropriate question or issue?

 What research sources and strategies are appropriate?

 What qualifies as evidence?

 What is the appropriate method for citing sources?

Disciplinary Approaches

Many aspects of written assignments vary from discipline to discipline. Writing within a discipline requires developing familiarity with what that discipline considers to be appropriate. A long-term strategy to foster such familiarity is to read widely and deeply within the discipline.

Click the buttons below to review examples of evidence-related questions that might arise as you prepare a paper in one of the following disciplines.

All types of assignments will require more than simply restating the findings of your readings. Generally, you will be making a claim or presenting a viewpoint, which you will need to support with evidence. For more information about how to develop an argument, see the Writing Strategies module.