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Types of Papers

There are several different types of papers.

Here are a few of the most commonly assigned:


Report or Essay

  • A paper that informs, explains, or persuades
  • Generally 1-4 pages in length
  • Focuses on one topic, idea, or argument
  • Includes facts and evidence from several sources

Research or Term Paper

  • Similar to an essay, but longer
  • Examines a subject in depth
  • Requires a great deal of research, organization, and documentation

Creative Writing Paper

  • A paper that tells the reader a story
  • Uses characters, plot, dialogue, and dramatic twists and turns to communicate the writer's ideas

Thesis- All reports, essays, research, and term papers need a thesis statement

  • A thesis statement is a sentence or two that tells what your paper is about
  • It explains what you believe, intend to explain, or prove
  • To write a these statement, ask yourself, "What is the focus of this paper?"


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