Types of Essays
· Research essay: A research essay contains cited information in a report that you have gathered from researching (for example, library, Internet, newspapers etc.) a specific topic area of interest or assignment. The written report includes a title, format of writing (APA or MLA), thesis statement and supporting researched evidence that will be cited (quoted) in your essay, specific number of pages with headings and a reference page.
· Expository essay: There are two types of expository essay directives provided in a brief essay: one that provides information on a topic and one that defends the information in a topic. Both essays include a topic sentence that builds to a thesis statement from a personal reflective viewpoint. Expository essays provide more of a discussion of a topic with personal experience input and subjectivity with an ending that is more generalized and open-ended.
· Book Report/Summary- When the assignment is for a book report, the assumption is that you have read the entire book and can provide a well-thought out and comprehensive report on the book contents. A summary on the other hand is a more condensed version or excerpt of the book where you as the reader will explain the author's objectives of the book content.
· Literary reflection essay: In this type of essay, your writing can be more reflective in analyzing or providing commentary on a more personalized interpretation of a specific piece of work or a whole body of work (for example poems, art genres etc).
· Critical analysis essay: When asked to evaluate or provide a critique of an author's work, you can provide a thesis of support or refute a premise with cited evidence on a book or specified topic area.
· Technical essay: Used primarily in scientific inquiry or engineering classes, this type of essay is used to formally and informally record observed data, note procedural steps, and provide explanations of terminology.