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This guide presents tips, methods, and strategies for writing a good research paper or essay with a 5 step process:
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An essay is a "short formal piece of writing..dealing with a single subject" ("Essay," 2001).
Derived from the French word "essai" meaning "experiment" or "attempt," an essay is typically written to try to persuade the reader using selected research evidence ("Essay," 1997).
Students are often required to write essays as course assignments in college-level programs in order to develop many important skills, such as:
There are several different essay genres, which influences the content and structure. In general, an academic essay has three parts:
(1) An introduction that gives the reader an idea of what they are about to learn and presents an argument in the form of a thesis statement
(2) A body, or middle section, that provides evidence used to prove and persuade the reader to accept the writer's particular point of view
(3) A conclusion that summarizes the content and findings of the essay
Argumentative or Persuasive Essay
An argumentative or persuasive essay takes a strong position on a topic through the use of supporting evidence. It:
A comparative essay requires comparison and/or contrast of at least two or more items. It:
The purpose of an expository essay is to describe or explain a specific topic. It:
A narrative essay tells a story or describes an event in order to illustrate a key point or idea. It:
Describe the role of the introduction and conclusion in a formal essay. (2010). In The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com.
Essay. (2001). In Chambers 21st Century Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com
Essay, The. (1997). In The Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com
Massey University (2010). Essay writing [YouTube video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bkk3PVjDMI
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