Identifying and applying discipline-specific writing conventions

Identifying and applying discipline-specific writing conventions

Information science is a multidisciplinary field comprised of disciplines such as human-computer interaction, information systems, user-experience design, library sciences, and media studies. These disciplines have distinct writing conventions, methodologies, and vocabularies which are not always made explicit. This workshop equips participants with the resources and skills to identify and apply discipline-specific practices, namely writing conventions.

This workshop is useful for learning how to translate academic writing to suit different scholarly communities and disciplines—for example, translating technical writing in computer science to argumentative writing in the social sciences.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Examine strategies for identifying discipline-specific writing conventions (e.g., locating disciplinary journals, key scholars, seminal texts, theoretical frameworks)
  • Compare writing conventions in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, and humanities
  • Identify writing expectations shared by disciplines
  • Select a technical piece of writing, reformulating the text for an argumentative essay

Date and Time: Sunday September 24, 2023, from 10am – 12:30pm

Location: Zoom

Instructor: Kaushar Mahetaji, PhD Student, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

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