Essays are generally scholarly pieces of writing giving the author's own argument, but the definition is vague, overlapping with those of an article, a pamphlet and a short story.

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“Works” in Works Cited when there is only one source?

I am currently writing an essay on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and I only have one source. Do I still call it a "Works Cited" page? I read this following website, but it didn't seem to help: ...
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MLA: Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism in Essay Writing

I have a couple of questions about how to correctly cite sources in order to avoid unintentional plagiarism. First, let me give you an example of a paragraph I was reading the other day as part of a ...
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Difference between an 'Abstract' and an 'Introduction' in a feature article?

I have to write a feature article for school. However, I'm confused how an abstract [a summary of my points] is different to an intro [Where you outline the points you're going to be elaborating in ...
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In narrative essays, should I make all the paragraphs narrative?

In narrative essays, should I make all the paragraphs narrative? For example, the introduction, the body, and the conclusion are all narrative paragraphs. What if I started the introduction with a ...
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Referring to nameless protagonists in essays

My research paper focuses on a novel with a nameless protagonist, so I'll be referring to him a lot. Is there some convention for referring to such characters in academic papers? For context, the ...
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where to publish essays about a life stories for personal development?

I had a few experiences of things which I learned from some amazing people in my life. I would like to share some of these stories. The basic theme of these essays would be to follow your ambitions ...
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In a formal writing, does having a paragraph rewritten by another person make the style change noticablely?

I am writing a personal statement to apply to a grad school. At first, I thought that because the role of this statement is to show an image of me as a person, using the tone I usually use when ...
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Can an essay have a preface?

I'm writing a multi-faceted essay that will fill multiple pages (I suppose that it could be considered a collage of essays that build on each other to support one larger theme). This is something I've ...
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Using expletives in an essay

Good day everyone! Just a background, I am writing an essay that is formatted with APA styling. In my paper, I have the word "shit" in it; essentially in this part of the essay, I am discussing ...
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How Important are essay writing conventions in the university level and above?

I go to a CEGEP, which is basically pre-university in Montreal. In my Introduction to English class, I had a teacher who allowed us to go around the typical essay writing conventions. Conventions like ...
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Using sources multiple times in a paper in different places--how to cite

I'm writing a paper for National History Day in my Social Studies class and am using MLA formatting. It occurred to me that I had a lot of differing information from some sources, such as a historical ...
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Thesis statement with or without a preview of the supporting points of the essay?

Examples: Thesis without a preview of the supporting points of the essay: "With a more international world, every citizen should learn to speak a second language." Thesis with a preview of the ...
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How can I write a thesis statement and stay on topic in a persuasive essay?

Recently I was made to write a persuasive essay about whether or not this quote by W. H. Auden is true: Machines are beneficial to the degree that they eliminate the need for labor, harmful to the ...
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What are some tricks for managing debilitating writing anxiety/phobia?

For the past 4 years, I've developed a severe problem with writing anxiety. It's become so bad, that I had to drop out of my first university because I wasn't able to keep up with the course work. ...
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Copyright Infringement if I directly gain no money?

I'm currently working on an essay for an award. I'm on a FIRST Robotics Team, and FIRST gives a Chairman's Award at our competitions. One part of this award includes an essay. Our team's name relates ...
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How do I structure an essay into a thesis statement and three points in three paragraphs? -this is not a school homework [closed]

I'm writing an essay but I struggle with thesis statements and paragraphs. My teacher wants my thesis to be significant, specific, single, and supportable. I often know what I want to write, but ...
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'I would argue that ABC.' vs 'ABC.'

I write a fairly informal, opinionated blog about a variety of subjects, politics, relationships, mental well being, general life observations etc. I'm trying to make my writing more concise - to ...
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Should I put diagrams into a formal essay?

I have asked a question like this before in Workplace, but this time is only about diagrams specifically, and on formal work generally. Some answers in there say that I can use the Venn diagram if I ...
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What is the fine line between “confidence” and “presumption”?

I am about to apply to a grad school, and I have prepare the SOP for it (think it like a cover letter to apply to a job). I know the rule: show what I've got, not tell how I think I'm cool. I've ...
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How To Write Concisely

I am a high school student, and am concerned with my recent compositional tendencies. This past year, I took AP English Language and Composition. It was a rather difficult class, as writing is not my ...
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Avoid repeating specific words with no synonyms

For a short essay assignment (650 word limit), I'm writing about how my experiences with learning Norwegian shaped me as an individual with the underlying idea centered around how sharing a common ...
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Is the word Nazi italicized? [MLA]

Recently my writing tutor told me any word in a foreign language should be italicized. I was unsure if MLA was important to answer this question; just in case, I've included it in the title. I'm ...
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How to write an essay on a very narrow field

I am more of a fiction writer, so writing essays or nonfiction doesn't come as naturally to me. The need does occasionally arise, however. I normally wouldn't have much trouble with it, except that ...
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Do I need a complete collection of essays with which to approach an agent or a sampling?

I haven't the foggiest notion of what is being asked of me here. To elaborate on my question, can you market a collection of essays (some as yet not written) by submitting say five or so, three of ...
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What concrete steps do you take to write for a specific reading level?

People throw around reading levels when it comes to writing: "5th grade level," "10th grade level," "college level," etc. What concrete steps do you take to write for a specific reading level? Is ...
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How do I best help the reader understand the contextual meaning meaning of a particular phrase? [closed]

In The Things They Carried, the soldiers “carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing - these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and ...
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Are essays supposed to be formal?

After reading a prompt to one of essays, and then looking at this link, I realized how little I know about the actual meaning of an essay. Here is how my definition of "essay" has become muddied over ...
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Lists of description appropriate for formal writing?

In a formal piece, is it appropriate to write a list, especially one of descriptions? It's the easiest way to get information across sometimes, especially on a tight word limit. For example, if I had ...
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How to approach an “Imagine and Describe” creative essay prompt?

I have this prompt for a creative essay as part of my application into a summer program: Participants in the Summer Programs for High School Students come from approximately 75 different countries ...
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Essay Structure - Introduction

Every teacher at school seems to have a different way that they like to set up an introduction for an essay. For a persuasive essay, what exactly should be included in the introduction? What ...
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What's a nice title for a persuasive essay arguing that affirmative action is not helpful? [closed]

What is a good clever title for a persuasive essay against affirmative action? In general, how do you come up with clever titles?
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How to avoid switching between formal and informal in an essay?

I recently wrote an essay for a history class and the teaching assistant commented that he found my switch between formal and informal style "jarring." I think he was specifically referring to for ...
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Examples in APA format

I truly hope I am posting in the right place; I had originally posted within the English Language forum but they told me to come here. Before you go over the questions, I understand that APA states ...
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Comparison for something that's 251 million tons [closed]

I'm sorry this isn't directly about writing but I don't know where I'd for this kind of question. I'm writing a paper and I'm trying to come up with a comparison that can tell my audience, to give ...
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Looking for advice on citations and beginning a college essay

I'm not asking for any ideas about the content of the essay at all, I'm just looking for advice on citation/style. I haven't written an essay in years so I'm a little rusty. Link to essay prompt ...
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How do I explain a lack of sufficient data in my essay?

In the essay that I'm writing, I claim that women are more likely to be victims of abduction than are men. As evidence, I cite a study on child abduction (the NISMART, if you must know) stating that ...
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Text referencing protected, trademarked™ and copyrighted© names, what is the correct procedure?

When writing an academic essay, if I was to reference Microsoft or Facebook, should I write Microsoft™, Microsoft® or just Microsoft? What is the difference?
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What “kind” of writing is The Fixation of Belief essay by Charles Sanders Pierce?

I happened by this essay a couple of years ago, now. I've been trying to find things written in a similar style since. However, I'm not terribly familiar with writing analysis, terminology, ...
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Should I write an abstract for a formal essay?

Should I write an abstract for a formal essay? I've heard from different sources that I should, although my instructor didn't specify. And if I should, where are some resources that I could use to ...
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Many quotations of a black British novel which used creolized English language. When to use sic?

I finished writing my essay about Sam Selvons "The Lonely Londoners" which is written in creolized English. The use of creolized English comes with many grammatical as well as spelling errors. Now I ...
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What's the difference between the American and the European style in essay writing?

Several times during my studies I have heard about American and European styles in writing essays. From what I've gathered, the American style is supposed to be more argumentative. On the other hand ...
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How to structure an essay answer?

What is the best way to answer an essay question. The question below is similar to one in my situation but I have taken out all the technical aspects related to my subject. Using an existing ...
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Writing succintly. Does it matter?

When I write school papers (Essays and projects) I try to make it as succint as possible. I'll say this is my preferred style of writing. Compared to other students that like writing explicit ...
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Beginning an article/essay with a one word sentence, cliché?

I am currently starting a college essay off with "Google-esque. Google-esque is...." Is it appropriate to use a sentence that only contains one word with the following sentence describing the first? ...
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Essay writing contests

I can't seem to find any essay contests out there. Is there a list of essay contests somewhere? Does anyone have suggestions for contests?
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Is it ok to begin an essay/report with a quote?

I am writing an essay on project management within IT and in my introduction I will give a brief description of project management, to being my essay I was looking at using one of these: ...
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Using the same quotation a second time

I'm writing an essay in CMS style. I have a quotation I use in the beginning of the essay that I cite. I reference part of the quote later in quotation marks. Do I need a citation the second time?
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Is Mine a Convincing Argument Concerning the Effects of Censorship? [closed]

I just finished writing this essay and so my ability to impartially judge it is impaired. Please critique. A few things: The essay is supposed to use a recent controversy in the art world as a ...
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Changing Capitalization in a Quote - MLA

I'm writing an essay (MLA style) for class and I am quoting a whole sentence within my sentence. For example: They published a “manifesto” proclaiming that “[a]ll are welcome to walk through our ...
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Does my essay follow guidelines for a “well-developed, well organized argument”?

In my English class I was assigned to write a short essay, the instructions for which are as follows: "In a well-developed, well-organized essay, argue whether or not you think the statue in Overland ...