"Disciplinary literacy is the literacy one uses when studying a particular discipline. For example, understanding the scientific process helps one read scientific study results. Each discipline asks its own sorts of questions." Dr. Cynthia Shanahan, University of Illinois, Chicago.
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A good way to search for articles that describe the disciplinary literacy approaches for various subject areas or majors is to search the Pollak Library Databases by Subject.
For example, you can search the Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO) database to research the disciplinary literacies employed in Communication Studies.
This search strategy can be modified as well. For example, when you search the Art Full Text - 1984-present (EBSCO) database to research the disciplinary literacy approaches for visual arts, you’ll find that the term “disciplinary literacy” yields zero results. However, using the term “visual literacy” will yield a wide selection of articles on this topic.
Remember to use background knowledge and vocabulary from previous searches to modify your searches.
Google Scholar is another good database search for scholarly articles on a variety of topics. It’s a good database to use when you get “stuck” in your research.
Other search terms to consider:
Study and teaching + Your Discipline or Major
Critical reading + Your Discipline or Major