Q. How do I locate articles that compare and contrast a particular topic?


Answer

Typically, scholarly articles do not compare and contrast two particular theories, positions, or topics. Rather, they will cover one particular study or perspective in depth. It will be up to you, as a student, to synthesize the information you have learned from your research and draw your own comparisons and conclusions. For additional information, please see our Synthesis FAQ.

The following resources also provide additional assistance with writing a comparative analysis:

Comparing and Contrasting (UNC Chapel Hill)

How to Write a Comparative Analysis (Harvard University)

Types of Papers: Compare/Contrast (Roane State Community College)

Writing a Compare/Contrast Essay (Santa Barbara City College)

Writing in Literature: Writing the Prompt Paper (Purdue University)

Additional information about scholarly writing may be found in the NCU Academic Success Center. To access the Academic Success Center, follow this path: MY.NCU.edu > The Commons and Other Resources > Academic Success Center. Or, click the following link: https://vac.ncu.edu/writing-center-commons/ 

PLEASE NOTE: You may be prompted for a login when clicking the link. Provide your MY.NCU.edu credentials to proceed.

Once in the Academic Success Center, click on Academic Coaching Services. Under "How to Videos and Links," there are short tutorial videos that address how to register for the ASC and schedule an appointment. Once you have registered, you will be able to schedule the coaching sessions.

For additional assistance, contact the Academic Success Center by email at asc@ncu.edu or chat live daily from 3 pm-10 pm Pacific Time via the Commons: https://vac.ncu.edu/writing-center-commons/. On the right-hand side of the screen, click the link for ASC Live Chat.

  • Last Updated Feb 13, 2017
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