How to Structure an Essay
When writing an essay, it can be broken down into five basic parts. These are:
- Main body
- References or bibliography
A brief explanation of each of these sections follows:
An essay title should reflect the argument you are going to put forward. Try to make it informative and memorable.
The introduction should state the topic of the essay, the purpose of writing the essay, and the main aspects of the topic that will be covered.
3. Main Body
The main body is the largest part of any essay, where each point of your argument is put forward and discussed. It is important to remember that each point must be supported by examples, quotations, data, and/or logical arguments.
How much (and what) you need to write here will depend on the kind of essay you’re writing. For shorter essays, this might be a single section or a series of subheadings. For longer pieces, like a dissertation or thesis, you might need to break it up into separate chapters.
In the conclusion, a clear and succinct summary of the points explored in the main body should be given. You should try to communicate how each point contributes to your argument as a whole, but do not introduce any new material in the conclusion. The conclusion should be written in such a way that it leaves an impression on the reader.
This is a list of the sources used to produce your essay. Always check which referencing style your institution uses; one of the most commonly used referencing styles is Harvard.
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