Writing in the Arts and Sciences

  • STEM, Writing, WID, WAC, Pedagogy

by Elaine P. Maimon, Gerald L. Belcher, Gail W. Hearn, Barbara F. Nodine, and Finbarr W. O'Connor
Digitized by the Colorado State University Libraries

CoverPublished by Winthrop Publishers in 1981, Writing in the Arts and Sciences is one of the first and certainly the most successful of the early textbooks that emerged from a WAC movement that was, when the book was first conceived, still in its first decade. Drawing from work at Beaver College (now Arcadia University) as well as a series of national seminars on WAC, the authors address both writing to learn and learning to write, with chapters devoted to writing in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. In their preface, the authors observe, “Each discipline has traditions that shape the reading and writing of its practitioners, but these scholarly traditions, with their specialized procedures, conventions, and terminology, may appear to the student as mysterious rites of passage. The purpose of this text is to cast light on those mysterious academic rites that until recently have been open to too few.”

Table of Contents

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Front Matter



Writing in the Arts and Sciences

1. Studying the Academic Disciplines

2. Writing to See and to Think

3. Classroom Writing

4. Library Resources

5. Writing in the Library


Writing in the Humanities

6. Research Papers in the Humanities

7. Analyses and Reviews

8. Papers of Contemplation

Writing in the Social Sciences

9. Term Papers in the Social Sciences

10. The Case Study Paper

11. Reporting Findings in the Social Sciences

Writing in the Natural Sciences

12. Recording Observations in the Natural Sciences

13. The Laboratory Report in the Natural Sciences

14. Review Paper in the Natural Sciences

Appendix: Student Papers Written in Response to Assignments in History, Sociology, Psychology, and Biology



Publication Information: Maimon, Elaine P., Gerald L. Belcher, Gail W. Hearn, Barbara F. Nodine, & Finbarr W. O'Connor. (2022). Writing in the Arts and Sciences. The WAC Clearinghouse. https://wac.colostate.edu/books/landmarks/maimon/ (Originally published in 1981 by Winthrop Publishers)

Publication Date: March 28, 2022

Contact Information: Elaine Maimon
Email: elaine@elainemaimon.com
Web: https://elainemaimon.com

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Series Editor: Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University

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