Category: Subject-Specific Writing

This area includes topics such as writing in literature, medicine and the social sciences.
  • Academic Writing
    • These OWL resources will help you with the types of writing you may encounter while in college. The OWL resources range from rhetorical approaches for writing, to document organization, to sentence level work, such as clarity, and forming logical arguments in your writing.
  • Analysis Essay
    • Brief instructions on how to write an analytical essay with a link to how to write a literary analysis.
  • Argument Essay
    • Instructions on how to write an argumentative essay with sample papers included.
  • Arguments in an Essay on Literature
    • This section discusses how to make good arguments in a literary essay.
  • Audience Analysis Overview
    • A resource on how to analyze the types of audiences and how to write papers in accordance with those audiences.
  • Audience and Purpose
    • This handout will help you solve your memo-writing problems by discussing what a memo is, describing the parts of memos, and providing examples and explanations that will make your memos more effective.
  • Business Letters: Accentuating the Positives
    • This handout provides information on accentuating the positives in writing business letters.
  • Cause and Effect Essay
    • Instructions on how to write a cause and effect essay with a sample paper included.
  • Close Reading a Text and Avoiding Pitfalls
    • This handout covers major topics relating to writing about fiction. This covers prewriting, close reading, thesis development, drafting, and common pitfalls to avoid.
  • Common Writing Assignments
    • These OWL resources will help you understand and complete specific types of writing assignments, such as annotated bibliographies, book reports, and research papers.
  • Compare/Contrast Essay
    • Instructions on how to write a compare and contrast essay with sample papers included.
  • Creative Writing
    • These OWL resources will help you with the basics of creative writing. This section includes resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
  • Definition Essay
    • Brief instructions on how to write a definition essay with sample papers included.
  • Division/Classification Essays
    • Instructions on how to write a division or classification essay with sample papers included.
  • Essay Writing
    • This resource begins with a general description of essay writing and moves to a discussion of common essay genres students may encounter across the curriculum. The four genres of essays (description, narration, exposition, and argumentation) are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes.
  • Exercises for Writing Poetry
    • This section covers images as they appear in poetry and covers related terminology, definitions and origins of images, uses of images, and several exercises.
  • Formatting
    • This handout provides examples and description about writing papers in literature. It discusses research topics, how to begin to research, how to use information, and formatting.
  • How to Write a Persuasive Essay
    • Whether for school or persuading your boss for that extra raise, everyone needs and should know how to write a persuasive essay.
  • How to Write a Philosophy Paper
    • Here are some suggestions to guide your efforts when compiling a philosophy paper.
  • How to Write a Research Paper
    • There are two main types of research papers--argumentative research papers and analytical research papers. The process of researching and writing both types is the same, just with a different goal.
  • How to Write a Scientific Paper
    • Scientific papers are written in a specific format, and it is both easy and necessary to learn how to write them well.
  • How to Write a Term Paper
    • Follow these steps to take your term papers to the head of the class.
  • How to Write an Analytical Essay
    • An analytical essay is an essay that presents factual information about an objective topic, such as when comparing main ideas between 2 topics. Here's how to put together your ideas into a coherent analytical essay.
  • Image in Poetry
    • This section covers images as they appear in poetry and covers related terminology, definitions and origins of images, uses of images, and several exercises.
  • Images and Their Uses
    • This section covers images as they appear in poetry and covers related terminology, definitions and origins of images, uses of images, and several exercises.
  • Introduction to Writing about Literature
    • This handout provides examples and description about writing papers in literature. It discusses research topics, how to begin to research, how to use information, and formatting.
  • Journalism and Journalistic Writing
    • These OWL resources introduce the basic concepts of journalistic writing. This area includes resources on the Associated Press style of format and writing, as well as resources on how to organize journalistic writing.
  • Later Order Concerns: Does Your Document Look Professional?
    • When you are revising your resume or other business messages, there are priorities of concerns in choosing what to look for and work on.
  • Literary Analysis
    • An introduction to the elements of literature needed to write a successful literary analysis essay.
  • Literary Terms
    • This handout gives a quick rundown of some important terms used when talking and writing about literature.
  • Literature Topics and Research
    • This handout provides examples and description about writing papers in literature. It discusses research topics, how to begin to research, how to use information, and formatting.
  • Medical Writing
    • These OWL resources will help you write in medical and/or scientific contexts. This section includes original research articles and samples of the medical writing produced for a more general, lay-population audience.
  • Narrative/Descriptive Essay
    • Instructions on how to write a narrative or descriptive essay with sample papers included.
  • Parallel Structure in Professional Writing
    • Provides information and examples on parallel structure in business documents.
  • Persuasive Essay
    • Instructions on how to write a persuasive essay.
  • Professional, Technical Writing
    • These OWL resources will help you conduct research and compose documents for the workplace, such as memoranda and business letters. This section also includes resources for writing report and scientific abstracts.
  • Research Paper FAQ
    • Frequently asked questions to keep in mind before writing a research paper.
  • Researching Literature and Libraries
    • This section discusses how to conduct research in preparation for writing a research paper.
  • Resources for More Information
    • This handout provides information on writing in psychology and on experimental report and experimental article writing.
  • Revision in Business Writing
    • This handout provides information on revising business documents for audience and purpose with emphasis on language, tone, organization, and correctness.
  • Rhetorical Considerations and Style in Psychology Writing
    • This handout provides information on writing in psychology and on experimental report and experimental article writing.
  • Social Work Literature Review Guidelines
    • This handout provides an overview of how to write literature reviews in the field of social work. It provides a list of suggestions and examples.
  • Tables, Appendices, Footnotes and Endnotes
    • This handout provides information on writing in psychology and on experimental report and experimental article writing.
  • White Paper: Organization and Tips
    • A white paper is a certain type of report that is distinctive in terms of purpose, audience, and organization. This resource will explain these issues and provide some other tips to enhance white paper content.
  • White Paper: Purpose and Audience
    • A white paper is a certain type of report that is distinctive in terms of purpose, audience, and organization. This resource will explain these issues and provide some other tips to enhance white paper content.
  • Writing About Poetry
    • This section covers the basics of how to write about poetry. Including why it is done, what you should know, and what you can write about.
  • Writing for a North American Business Audience
    • This provides examples and information (written for non-North Americans) on how to write for a business audience. It includes information on getting to the point, keeping it simple, active and passive voice, nondiscriminatory language, and verb overgeneralizing.
  • Writing in Engineering
    • These OWL resources will help you write in a wide range of engineering fields, such as civil and computer engineering. This section contains resources on conducting research, working in teams, writing reports and journal articles, as well as presenting research.
  • Writing in Literature
    • These OWL resources will help you write about literature and poetry. This section contains resources on literary terms, literary theory and schools of criticism, as well as resources on writing book reviews.
  • Writing in Literature: Overview
    • These sections discuss different approaches (literary theory/criticism) students may use to write about literature. These resources build on the Writing About Literature materials.
  • Writing in Literature: Writing the Prompt Paper
    • This sections discusses different approaches (literary theory/criticism) students may use to write about literature.
  • Writing in North American Higher Education
    • This is a primer for international students as an introduction to the basics of academic writing conventions for students who are new to American colleges and universities.
  • Writing in Nursing
    • These resources will help you write as a nursing student, and they will help you write as a professional nurse. Resources contained in this section will also help you find other OWL materials that will help you complete the types of writing required for nursing.
  • Writing in the Social Sciences
    • These OWL resources will help you write in some of the social sciences, such as social work and psychology.
  • Writing Psychology Overview
    • This handout provides information on writing in psychology and on experimental report and experimental article writing.
  • Writing Report Abstracts
    • This handout discusses how to write good abstracts for reports. It covers informational and descriptive abstracts and gives pointers for success.
  • Writing the Basic Business Letter
    • This resource is organized in the order in which you should write a business letter, starting with the sender's address if the letter in not written on letterhead.
  • Writing the Experimental Report: Methods, Results, and Discussion
    • This handout provides information on writing in psychology and on experimental report and experimental article writing.
  • Writing the Experimental Report: Overview, Introductions, and Literature Reviews
    • This handout provides information on writing in psychology and on experimental report and experimental article writing.