Test your knowledge with this Writing in the Applied Sciences Worksheet to recognize when the goals of writing in these fields is met in a published article. Through completing the exercises, you work on improving your skills to tackle writing assignments.
Follow the instructions for the first exercise, and answer each question as thoroughly as possible for exercises 2-10.
Locate a scholarly journal article that interests you and is within a social science field. Read the article before continuing on to complete the remaining exercises. In the space below, give the bibliographical information for your chosen article, and use the article to answer exercises 2-10.
What is the thesis of the article?
How are the ideas presented in the article framed around a scientific context?
Is the article objective? Explain your answer.
Are there any terms that are defined outside of a general context? In other words, are they defined specifically to fit the scientific context? If you answer yes, give at least one example, and explain why defining terms in such a way is important.
Is there any cultural or historical significance to some aspects of the article? What are they?
Does the introduction meet all the guidelines for writing an introduction in the applied sciences? Explain your answer.
Do the body paragraphs meet all the guidelines for writing body paragraphs in the applied sciences? Explain your answer.
Does the conclusion meet all the guidelines for writing a conclusion in the applied sciences? Explain your answer.
Set the article aside. What was the scope and purpose of the article in your own words?