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Writing Essays and Reports

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A Guide to Writing Essays
Check out this site to find examples and tips on what makes a good essay and a bad essay. Learn the structure of an essay and what each paragraph should include.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
A+ Research and Writing
Here's a step by step guide to writing a research paper. The steps are: Step 1 - Getting Started, Step 2 - Discovering and Choosing a Topic, Step 3 - Looking for and Forming a Focus, Step 4 - Gathering Information, Step 5 - Preparing to Write, and Step 6 - Writing the Paper. If you want you can download the entire book to your hard drive for off-line reference.
Approx. Grade Level: 6-9+ [return to index]
Analyzing a Journal Essay
Learn how to analyze so that you can see how an essay is put together. Then take what you have learned and apply it to an essay of your own.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
APA Style Manual
A very thorough site which goes into great depth of every aspect of writing a report.
Approx. Grade Level: 12+ [return to index]
Argumentative Essays
This site shows you how to write this kind of essay. Topics include the history, and steps needed to "think" out your essay.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Basic Guide For Essay Building
If you know the right steps to follow, you will find that an essay can almost write itself.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Book Reports
What a fun way to write a book report! You will actually have as much fun writing up your report as you did reading the book.
Approx. Grade Level: 6-9+ [return to index]
Brainstorming
Topics at this site include what is brainstorming, how to do it, and group vs. individual brainstorming.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Brief Guide to the Writing of Student Papers
The name says "Brief," but it is actually a very comprehensive guide for writing a paper.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Brief Guide to Writing Evaluation Essays
This article outlines five key points to consider when writing evaluative essays.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
CCI Writing Process for Reports
Topics at this site include brainstorming, outlining and organizing, drafting, and some exemplary examples of reports for you to check out.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Coming to a Good Conclusion
Learn how to make your article or essay come to the best conclusion. Strategies are well written and informative.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Comparison and Contrast Essays
Learn what kind of essays these are, and how to write both kinds of essays.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Computer Brainstorming
This is a great site for younger kids. It shows them how to use different programs to help them get the juices flowing.
Approx. Grade Level: 3-9 [return to index]
Don't Believe Everything You Read
At this site you will receive instructions on critical reasoning so that when you are ready to write your first report, you know what information is useful and what isn't.
Approx. Grade Level: K-3 [return to index]
Essay Builder
Learn all about the different types of essays as well as how to edit them before handing them 
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Essay Writing
A very useful, well presented web site. Topics covered include analyzing the question, the outline, brainstorming, calculating the organization of your essay, and more.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
General Term Paper Guidelines
This easy to understand site has 51 tips for proper English in your papers.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+  [return to index]
Guidance for Writing Essays
There are three informative guides here to help you on writing essays. Way to Write! An Interactive Writing Guide, The Basic Elements of English: Your Interactive Guide to Grammar (1998), and Student's Guide to the Presentation of Essays (1999) pretty much covers all aspects of essays.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Guide for Writing Research Papers
This compact, informative site covers all of the basics for beginning a research paper: gathering materials, taking notes, listing resources, and avoiding plagiarism. A very handy guide when working online.
Approx. Grade Level: 6-9+ [return to index]
Guidelines for Citation of References
Many examples are provided for you so that mistakes can be avoided.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Idea Generator
If you are stuck for ideas, this site contains ideas for reports. Click on keywords from Business, Engineering, Health, Sports, and others, and it will lead you to suggested ideas for papers.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Learning Skills Programs - Writing Essays and Reports
Learn why essays are difficult to write, and peruse some tips while your here.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Michael Doyle's Essay Tutorial
Need help fast? Check out this tutorial to help you get started. It covers: exploring your ideas and information in search of a topic, determining your main point, organizing your information, writing your first draft, and revising.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Narrative Essays
Learn some easy to understand principles of narrative essay writing, as well as some conventions of a narrative essay.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
On Writing Lab Reports
You will find some general guidelines to help you write your next lab report. Be sure to check out the area of error analysis.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Owl Handouts
Owl offers a ton of useful information concerning all aspects of writing a paper. Everything from outlines to editing is here.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Plain Language Guidelines Plain Language Report Writing Guide for Plain Language Users
This site from the United Kingdom promotes the use of plain language in report writing, as opposed to "fancy" language. Their before and after examples are great. You can download their free guide.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Possible Term Paper Topics
Can't decide on a topic? Here is a big list to choose from if your really stuck. Topics range from Aerosol Cans to yo-yo's.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Powell's Ten Easy Steps to Writing a Paper
Kathryn Powell stresses that these points will help you prepare a paper whether it be for publication or a paper for class. This is a tongue-in-cheek look at writing and how not to do your projects.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Process of Writing
Find out the three basic stages of an essay and what happens when you skip one of them.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Resources for Writers
Short articles on writing. Topics include plagiarism, what it is and how to avoid it, and writing the all-important thesis statement.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Student Writing In Large Classes
With the larger class sizes that are becoming the norm, reading and grading essays has become difficult. The answer may be the One Minute Essay.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Taking An Essay Exam
Topics at this site include preparing for the exam, taking the exam including planning your time, reading the questions, planning the answers, and more.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Term Paper Alternatives
Attention teachers! Give the kids a break, forget the term papers and follow the suggestions on this page.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Tools For Your Writing Process
This site contains exercises in pre-writing, audience awareness questions, and drafting and revision suggestions.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Writer's Handbook
This site covers writing about literature, research papers, writing reviews, and science papers.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Writing Essays and Term Papers
Topics covered are: writing basics, essays for a literature class , organizing term papers, expository essays, transitional words & phrases, persuasive essays, the five paragraph essay, and more.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Writing Examinations
Many topics included here including essays. Gives you lots to consider.
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Writing Process (The)
Another site that will show you step by step how to write that essay!
Approx. Grade Level: 9-12+ [return to index]
Writing Reports and Essays
This is an outline of steps needed to write a report. Learn what information should be on the cover page, how to do footnotes, and how to do a bibliography.
Approx. Grade Level: 6-9+ [return to index]