CGA Article Guidelines

The primary goal of the Comparative Genre Analysis unit is for students to see that all disciplines incorporate the elements of the academic essay into their writing (thesis, motive, evidence, analysis, structure etc…) even though those elements might look different. A secondary goal is for students to be empowered to ask professors what writing looks when taking a class for the first time in a new discipline.

To that end, instructors should choose four articles for this unit that represent a range of academic disciplines. Ideally, papers should include one from the humanities, one from the sciences, and two from the social sciences (one that is more humanistic in nature, such as history, and one that is more quantitative in nature, such as sociology). Shorter is better than longer, and it is important to use a broad theme to allow for maximum flexibility.

Humanities elements to look for:

Social Science elements to look for: 

Science elements to look for: