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WRIT 014 - Critical Writing and Reading

Getting Started

Check tips for all stages of the writing process, from understanding what your professor is asking for to polishing up your final draft. Cllick on a topic of interest to find written explanations and a few short videos.  

General Writing tips by Loyola Marymount University

Essay Structure

Once you know what you want to write about, it can be useful to write an outline for your essay. This link provides a sample outline for a 5 to 7 page paper: 

Example Essay Outline - from Walden University Writing Center 

Academic essays share the same basic structure. These resources will help you understand how to structure an academic essay:

Argumentative Essays - from Purdue Online Writing Lab

Compare & Contrast Essays -  from the Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

It is important to acknowledge, address and rebut counterarguments in your essay. This will help to make your argument stronger. Refer to the link below on how to develop your counterargument:

Counterarguments - from Harvard College Writing Center