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Essay Writing: The Basics

This excellent resource from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) provides university and advanced high school students with valuable information about how to write a strong essay. The site explains that a good essay "aims to persuade readers of an idea based on evidence." It should answer a question, include a thesis statement and an argument, develop a thesis, and include examples, support evidence, and information culled from credible sources. Possible writing steps are colorfully presented, from "Analyze the question and define the key terms" to "Complete your final draft and turn it in." Readers may select any of these suggestions to navigate to a page that provides further detail and context. For instance, "Take notes" reveals a separate support page dedicated to Effective Notemaking from Written Text.
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