Examining Disciplinary Texts

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Writing Across the Profession
Examining Disciplinary Texts
Frederic Murray
Assistant Professor
MLIS, University of British Columbia
BA, Political Science, University of Iowa
Instructional Services Librarian
Al Harris Library
[email protected]
Examining Disciplinary Texts
• A discipline's discourse (its text)
conceptualizes and communicates
knowledge for its community.
Frans B.M. de Waal –Primatologist
E.O. Wilson – Myrmecologist
Thomas Kuhn -Philosopher of Science
John McPhee – Geology
Oliver Sacks – Neurologist
David Halberstam - Historian
Charles Bowden - Journalist
Charles Bowden is the author of eleven books including A Shadow in the
City: Confessions of an Undercover Dog; Down By the River: Drugs, Money,
Murder and Family; Juárez: The Laboratory of our Future; Blood Orchid: An
Unnatural History of America; Desierto: Memories of the Future; Red
Line; Blue Desert; and (with Michael Binstein) Trust Me: Charles Keating and
the Missing Billions.
Michael E. Porter – Business
Examining Disciplinary Texts
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Review your selected text
Locate 2 similar texts in assigned field
Utilize database 1(JSTOR)
Utilize website 1 (Openthesis)
Compare the 3 texts
Report back to the class
similarities/digressions
• Be prepared to discuss
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Frans B.M. de Waal – Primatology: We’re All Machiavellians
E.O. Wilson – Myrmecology/ Entomology: In the Company of Ants
Thomas Kuhn – Philosophy of Science: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
John McPhee – Geology: Basin & Range
Oliver Sacks – Neurology: A Bolt from the Blue
David Halberstam – History: A Warning at Unsan
Charles Bowden – Journalism/Law: Lord of the Drug Ring
Michael Porter – Business:
– Porter, Michael E. "WHY AMERICA NEEDS AN ECONOMIC
STRATEGY." BusinessWeek 10 Nov. 2008: 38+. Business Source Complete.
EBSCO. Web. 5 Feb. 2010
– Porter, Michael E., and Forest L. Reinhardt. "A Strategic Approach to
Climate." Harvard Business Review 85.10 (2007): 22-26.Business Source
Complete. EBSCO. Web. 5 Feb. 2010.
– Porter, Michael. "Leader as Strategist." Leadership Excellence 23.6 (2006):
6-7. Business Source Complete. EBSCO. Web. 5 Feb. 2010.
Citations
De Wall, Frans B.M. “We’re All Machiavellians. ”The Best American Science Writing 2006. New
York; Harper, 2006. Print.
Wilson, E.O. “In the Company of Ants.” In Search of Nature. Washington D.C.; Island Press,
1996. Print.
Kuhn, Thomas. “Introduction: A Role for History.” The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
Chicago; U of Chicago P, 1996. Print.
McPhee, John. “Basin and Range.” The Second John McPhee Reader. New York; Farrar,
1996. Print.
Sacks, Oliver. “A Bolt from the Blue.” The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2008.
Boston; Houghton, 2008. Print.
Halberstam, David. “A Warning at Unsan.” The Coldest Winter. New York; Hyperion, 2007.
Print.
Bowden, Charles. “Lord of the Drug Ring.” The Best American Crime Writing 2004. New York;
Pantheon, 2004. Print.
Porter, Michael E. "WHY AMERICA NEEDS AN ECONOMIC STRATEGY." BusinessWeek 10 Nov.
2008: 38+. Business Source Complete. EBSCO. Web. 5 Feb. 2010
Porter, Michael E., and Forest L. Reinhardt. "A Strategic Approach to Climate." Harvard
Business Review 85.10 (2007): 22-26.Business Source Complete. EBSCO. Web. 5 Feb.
2010.
Porter, Michael. "Leader as Strategist." Leadership Excellence 23.6 (2006): 6-7. Business
Source Complete. EBSCO. Web. 5 Feb. 2010.
Writing Your Paper
• Writing Center
– Located in the basement of the library
– Call for appointment #774-7083
• MLA Style
– Style Sheets
– MLA Handbook at Reference & Circulation
Desk
– http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/
Questions?
• Contact me:
• Frederic Murray
• 774-7113
• [email protected]
Thanks!