Howto & Writing Tips
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.
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.
Comparison / Contrast Essay
Cause / Effect Essay
Exemplification / Illustration Essay
The Five-Paragraph Essay
How to Write a DBQ Essay
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.
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.
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
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.