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Discipline-Specific Resources

Behavioural Sciencestack of books

Religion (Biblical Studies, Theology​, and Christian History)

  • University of Nevada, Reno's Research Toolkit: Evaluating Sources
    • This site, recommended by Dr. Beth Stovell, outlines questions you can ask to assess the quality of a source.
  • Stovell, Beth. "Solid Biblical Sources," 2017.
    • This handout outlines the types of academic sources you should use for biblical studies papers at Ambrose.

History

Philosophy

  • Pryor, Jim. Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper. 2012
    • The first section of this website, called "What Does One Do in a Philosophy Paper?," provides good advice about the purpose of philosophical writing. Try using this information to test your thesis.
    • The sections entitled "Use plenty of examples and definitions," "Presenting and assessing the views of others," and "Anticipate objections" offer good advice about how you can construct a good argument.

Science

Lab Report (aka. IMRaD Report)

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Scientific Reports."
    • This website introduces the major sections of a scientific report: introduction, methods, results, and discussion. It offers tips for each section, including suggestions for tables and figures.
  • WriteOnline's Lab Report Guide
    • This guide goes into more depth than the UNC-CH handout above.
    • Sections C and D of this guide are particularly valuable. Section C includes guidelines for graphs and tables, information on summarizing v. paraphrasing (with examples), and a description of scientific writing style and conventions. Section D provides a step-by-step guide to each section of a standard lab report.

Article Review

  • University of Guelph, "Using a Scientific Journal Article to Write a Critical Review."
    • This guide offers a helpful checklist of questions you should ask when writing a critique or analysis of a single scientific study. It also provides some advice on choosing your article and structuring your critique.

Review Paper (aka. Literature Review)

  • University of Michigan, "How to Write a Scientific Literature Review."
    • See especially the two last sections. The second-to-last section offers questions you can use to analyze the articles you find. The last section provides an outline of a standard review paper.