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Guidelines and tips for essay writing.

Looking for Writing Help?

You can find help writing and revising essays in the following locations:

  • Student Resource Center (SRC)  - (Doheny Campus)
    • For traditional Undergraduate Students 
    • Schedule a Writing Consultation in myMSMU
  • Chalon Academic Support Center (ASC) - (Chalon Campus)
    • For traditional Undergraduate Students
    • Request an appointment with a Writing and Critical Thinking Consultant
  • Professional & Academic Resource Center (PARC) - (Doheny Campus)
    • For Graduate Students and Weekend/Evening College (WEC) Students. 
    • Assistance with brainstorming, grammar, punctuation, citation, coherent argument, and revisions is available.
    • Schedule an appointment for Writing in myMSMU

Types of Essays

There are many types of essays.  Some of the more common ones include Argumentative Essays, Analytical Essays, Comparison Essays, and Personal Statement Essays.

  • Argumentative essays prove assertions.  You must provide reasons and examples from a variety of sources to back up your hypothesis or opinion.
  • Comparison essays illuminate the similarities and/or differences between two or more topics. 
  • Analytical essays interpret and examine a work of literature/art or historical event.
  • Personal Statement essays focus on the author.  When applying for scholarships or graduate schools, the personal statement is a way for admissions officials to "get to know" the applicant based on her/his experience, background, insights, and reflections.

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Writing Process Poll

With which part of writing do you wish you felt more comfortable?
Choosing a topic: 1 votes (7.14%)
Finding sources: 0 votes (0%)
Evaluating your sources: 2 votes (14.29%)
Citing your sources: 3 votes (21.43%)
Writing the paper: 8 votes (57.14%)
Total Votes: 14