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Guides & Tips on Writing Essays

If you are not sure how to write a particular type of essay, need some help with understanding a particular academic format for citing the references, or require additional information on how to structure your paper, our guides and tips will show you how to do it.

Essay Types
If you know a topic of your essay but not determined about the type please choose from the list of the most widely used essay types.
Persuasive Essay Expository Essay Informal Essay Literary Essay Argumentative Essay Critical Essay Narrative Essay Comparison / Contrast Essay Cause / Effect Essay Evaluation Essay Descriptive Essay Definition Essay Exemplification / Illustration Essay Personal Essay Admission Essay Scholarship Essay Exploratory Essay The Five-Paragraph Essay Literature Essay How to Write a DBQ Essay
Essay Formats
Every essay, term paper, research paper, or book review should be written in a specific format. Usually, when you receive an assignment from your professor he specifies which format the essay should follow. But in some cases the format is not provided and you have to be aware how your essay should be structured. Below, you will find the most popular citation styles and the guidelines on how to use them.
MLA Format: literature, arts, and humanities. APA Format: psychology, education, and other social sciences AMA Format: medicine, health, and biological sciences. Turabian Format: developed for college students to use with all subjects. Chicago Format: used with all subjects in the real world by books, magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly publications.

There are some sample essays in the above formats which can be downloaded here.
Writing Tips
If you do not know how to write an essay our essay writing tips will help to learn the basics. An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what. You may write an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task.

Either way, your essay will have the same basic format.

How to Write an Essay?
If you follow a few simple steps outlined below, you will see that the essay almost writes itself. You will have to provide your own ideas only which are an important part of the essay.
Make a decision on your essay topic Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas Write your thesis statement Write the body of the essay Write the introduction and conclusion Review your essay and add what is missing