Writing differs in different disciplines with each discipline having its own unique structure, format and language convention. A writing style used in one discipline might not be acceptable in another discipline. In some disciplines such as engineering the writing is more technical and the most used style is APA while in disciplines such as journalism where the essays are less technical the MLA method of writing is used (Giltrow, 2002). Other methods used include Chicago/Turban and also Havard(Turabian,Colomb&Williams ,2010).
The writing format also differs, in writing scientific articles especially researches there are areas such as introduction, thesis statement, findings and also the conclusion, in other areas the key area include the introduction, body and the conclusion. In the art and humanities discipline there is use of longer paragraphs and topic sentences which show how the argument is structured while in the sciences there are shorter paragraphs and no use of topic sentences (Bailey, 2003). Vocabulary change varied in each discipline with some having more technical vocabularies than others. In disciplines such as the arts and humanities are more essay based the structure does not have many changes ,however there are writing genres which have varying discipline, this is mainly in the scientific disciplines where genres such as case studies and reports change.
In terms of information, there are disciplines where the use of tables, charts and other illustrative figures are used; this is mainly in the scientific discipline. Quotation and references differ in different fields, in the humanities a writer can quote a source material directly while in the sciences there is more of paraphrasing and summarizing the source materials. Topics of writing also change with the discipline that one is involved in writing, scientific topics are more technical and many are based on, real evidence while on the humanities one can support an argument without having to use real evidence.
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Turabian, K. L., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2010). Student's guide to writing college papers (4th ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Bailey, S. (2003). Academic writing a practical guide for students. England: Nelson Thornes Ltd..