A. WAC/WID Resources for Faculty Writing Fellows
B. Discipline-specific Resources
C. Annotated WID Bibliographies

A. Resources for Faculty Writing Fellows

The list of books and articles below has been developed by and for the WID Writing Fellows, and new titles are being added as the project evolves. Links and documents are provided here in observance of the copyright and permission requirements of the individual journals, websites and authors.

B. Discipline-Specific Resources

These resources have been identified either by the WID Working Group or past or present Writing Fellows.


Chemistry / Analytical and Biomedical Laboratory Technology

  • Rich, Jennifer, Miller, Daisy & DeTora, Lisa. (2011, June 27). “From concept to application: Student narratives of problem-solving as a basis for writing assignments in science classes.” Across the Disciplines, 8(1). Retrieved February 7, 2012, from
  • Stoller, Fredricka L. , James K. Jones, Molly S. Costanza-Robinson, Marin S. Robinson. (2005, May 15).  “Demystifying Disciplinary Writing: A Case Study in the Writing of Chemistry.” Across the Disciplines. Vol.2, May 2005. Retrieved Feb. 7, 2012 from
  • Stout, Roland P. (2011, June 27). “It’s a shame to put such wonderful thoughts in such poor language”: A chemist’s perspective on writing in the discipline. Across the Disciplines, 8(1). Retrieved February 7, 2012, from
Computer Science
  • Casakin, H. P. “Factors of metaphors in design problem-solving: Implications for design creativity.” International Journal of Design. 1(2), 2007. 21-33.
  • Findeli, Alain. “Rethinking Design Education for the 21st Century: Theoretical, Methodological, and Ethical Discussion.” Design Issues 17.1 (2001): 5-17. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. 
  • Goldschmidt, Gabriela. “The Backtalk of Self-Generated Sketches.” Design Issues 19.1 (2003): 72-88. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. Goldschmidt Sketch pdf
  • Kolko, Jon. “Abductive Thinking and Sensemaking: The Drivers of Design Synthesis.” Design Issues 26.1 (2010): 15-28. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. Kolko Abductive Thinking pdf
  • Cohen, Avi, and John Spencer. “Using Writing Across the Curriculum in Economics: Is Taking the Plunge Worth It?” The Journal of Economics Education. Vol. 24, No. 3 (Summer 1993), 219 -230. WAC Economics Cohen Spencer pdf
  • Bergmann, Linda. “WAC Meets the Ethos of Engineering: Process, Collaboration, and Disciplinary Practices.” Language and Learning Across the Disciplines. Vol. 4. No.1. May 2000. 4-15.
  • Welch, Lonnie R., Sherrie Gradin, and Karin Sandell. “Enhancing Engineering Educationwith Writing-to-learn and Cooperative Learning:Experiences from a Software Engineering Course.” Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Welch Engineering Writing to Learn
  • Concepcion, David. “Reading Philosophy with Background Knowledge and Metacognition.” Teaching Philosophy, 27:4, December 2004. 351-368. Concepcion Reading Philosophy
Physical Education
  • Cucina, Irene. “Modeling Reflective Writing for the First-Year Physical Education Student.” WAC Journal, Vol.10: April 1999. 49-55.
  • Berhman, Edward. “Writing in the Physical Education Class.” Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance; Oct 2004; 75:8. 22-32. 


  • Drabick, Deborah, Robert Weisberg, Luci Paul, and Jennifer L. Bubier. “Keeping It Short and Sweet: Brief, Ungraded Writing Assignments Facilitate Learning.” Teaching of Psychology 37:3. 2007. 172-174.  Drabick Short and Sweet
Social Services

C. Annotated Bibliographies of Books and Articles on Writing in the Disciplines

– An excellent bibliography of both seminal and contemporary research in Writing in the Disciplines, from the University of Toronto’s Writing at U of T website. Annotated WID Bibliography

– Browse this compilation of recent books and articles on disciplinary writing instruction, prepared by McGill librarian Katherine Hanz.  The document provides hyperlinks to the documents via the McGill library portal, but full access by way of the Dawson libarary is in the works.   Writing in the Disciplines Introductory Reading List for the McGill Inquiry Network 

Last Modified: September 23, 2011