Types of Writing

Types of Writing

There are a variety of types of academic writing and essays. For a more comprehensive overview of each writing type, please consult the list below: 



Argumentative Essays

What is an argument & why do you need it?


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center

Persuasive Essays

Three ways to persuade


California State University, Los Angeles

Personal Essays to Graduate School

Writing personal statements for graduate school


Yale College Writing Center

Funding Proposals

Guide for writing a funding proposal

Michigan State University 
Business Writing 

Professional writing handouts and resources


Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Project Proposals

How to write a project proposal


Worchester Polytechnic Institute

Literature Reviews

The literature review: A few tips on conducting it

Review of Literature


University of Toronto

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Reports

What are research reports and why would I write one?


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Poster Presentations

Developing a poster presentation 


University of Cincinnati


How to write a dissertation

Starting, drafting, and completing your dissertation


Purde University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

University of North Carolina at CHapel Hill 

Writing in Psychology

Psychology with style: A hypertext writing guide

How to write a research report in psychology


University of Wisconsin

University of Pennsylvania


IRB Review

Writing for the IRB 

 Columbia's Teachers College
Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose

Differentiating a personal statement from a statement of purpose and how to write each

Graduate Writing Center at Teachers College
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