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


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)

Compare and Contrast Two Competing Psychological Theories

Evaluating and Comparing Two Theories of Cognitive Development

Additional information about scholarly writing may be found in the NCU Academic Success Center. Click here to access the Academic Success Center. You can also log into the Commons, and enter the Academic Success Center from the site directory or from the left navigation of your Personal Commons page by clicking on the open icon next to the Center’s name.

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 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 Jul 11, 2018
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