Essay

An essay is a document written from the author’s point of view to convey a personal opinion. Essays tie together multiple sources of information to support the author's central argument. Structured in paragraphs, essays are a common method of academic assessment. An essay is structured into: Introduction, main body and conclusions.

Introduction

  • > Brief background and/or current situation
  • > The aim of the essay
  • > Writer's position
  • > Essay outline

Main body

  • > Paragraphs that develop the key argument
  • > Paragraphs showing different viewpoints
  • > Reference to sources, statistics and data to support the writer's arguments

Paragraphs start with a topic sentence, stating the respective argument. The rest of the paragraph will then develop the argument, clearly showing the writer's opinion supported by evidence from other authors.

Conclusions

  • > Summary of the key points
  • > Statement clarifying the author's general conclusion
  • > Wider implications and future action

Templates

Below are templates for academic works.You need to format these documents on the respective points according to the guidelines of your department.


Essay: High school

This thin sectioned essay template features a thin single column of text divided by clear section titles to increase readability. The template contains examples of an abstract, keywords and references making it it suitable for high school.

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Essay: University

This is a simple sectioned essay template suitable for university essays which generally require more content. The template is clearly structured into a section, sub-section and sub-sub-section format.

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Thesis: Bachelor / Master

Containing: Title Page, Committee Page, Acknowledgements, Abstract, Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, Chapters, References, Appendices, Vita and Declaration of Authorship.

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Dissertation: Ph.D. / Doctorate

Containing: Title Page, Committee Page, Acknowledgements, Abstract, Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, Chapters, References, Appendices, Vita and Declaration of Authorship.

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Proofreading Checklist

Use this list to checkmark your paper in the finalization stage.

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Summary: Use these templates to gain a rough overview on the general structure that is expected.



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