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Write a University Essay

What is an essay?

  • An essay is a written document that requires you to explain, analyze, or evaluate a topic in a format that includes an introduction, body, and conclusion.

What are some other words for 'essay'?

  • paper 
  • research paper 
  • term assignment 
  • term paper  
  • literary analysis

What is the purpose of an essay?

  • An essay may ask you to do one or more of the following:
    • explain an idea
    • persuade your reader
    • analyze a concept or text
    • argue a point
  • The specific purpose, length, and amount of research will vary from assignment to assignment.

How do I find sources for my essay?

  • Many essays will require you to support your ideas with information from other sources.
  • Check out these other guides for help finding sources

Resources to Help with Writing Your Annotated Bibliography

Use these resources to help you research and write your annotated bibliography, 

Guide: Write an annotated bibliographyGuide: Cite Your SourcesGuide: Find key sources - identify key sources

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