Skip to main content

General guide for Referencing and avoiding plagiarism: Essay Writing


 Analyse:    examine in detail, showing pros and cons

 Assess:    weigh up the value of and give a judgement

 Compare:  show the similarities between two given items

 Contrast:   point out all the differences between items                         

 Criticise:   show both the good and bad points

 Define:     give the exact meaning

 Describe: give a detailed account of

 Explain:   make really clear, possibly giving and reason

 Explore:   examine from various standpoints, showing the implications                                  

 Outline:   give the main points of

 Summarise: give a brief account of   (Rose, 2001, pp. 90-91).

Types of Essays

Have you been asked to write a narrative essay?  This short video may help. Click HERE. Have you been asked to write an argumentative essay?  This short video may help. Click HERE.

Have you been asked to write a compare and contrast essay? Check this out! Click HERE.

Check out Purdue OWL Essay Writing HERE.

Check out some tips on developing your essay outline HERE.

5 paragragh essay template

How to write a good essay


Essay writing skills From Ergo - The State Library of Victoria.                     

Essay Writing: The Basics  From The University of New South Wales. Includes a PDF version.

Essay Writing From Monash University.

Essay Writing: The process "This module introduces you to the process of essay writing - from analysing the question through to the final redrafting and editing." Sample essays are included. From James Cook University.