Developing as a student of your subject involves also becoming a writer in your discipline. In the book we call this getting to grips with the epistemology of your subject.
One way of doing this is to read within your subject to see how others WRITE. Thus you are reading not just to excavate CONTENT but to see HOW to write. You are attempting to decipher the appropriate WRITING STYLE and to understand what counts as argument and evidence in your subject.
Here we have put together some extracts from SAGE textbooks and journals to help you to understand how to write for your subject.
- Inman - This is a short paragraph written especially by a material scientist who teaches undergraduate at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech. He claims the biggest error in technical writing is how students include equations as part of a sentence, so this example illustrates the correct way. [link Word doc]
- The Expository Times (Religious journal) [link pdf]