A number of guides that can help you with the writing and editing process. Some of these resources are available for loan at both the Patrick Power Library and our Writing Centre.
This guide is aimed at undergraduate university students faced with the frequent task of writing essays, term papers, or reports.
These style guides were prepared in partnership with Saint Mary's faculty and are tailored to meet the expectations of particular disciplines of study.
A thesis statement represents the central insight that an author considers the most significant or interesting aspect of his or her topic or area of research.
Thesis proposals are intended to demonstrate that there is a particular issue requiring coverage, there is a concrete plan, and there are enough resources to carry out the plan.
Definitions of common terms used to describe the requirements for types of academic writing assignments.
Paragraphs are used to organize an author’s ideas so a reader can easily follow an argument.
An introduction acts as the first impression of an essay. It provides sufficient detail to interest the reader without developing the main points; this prepares the reader for an explanation of these points.
Steps to study effectively for essay exams, and tips for writing them.
Essay writing involves having a clear understanding of the message (a thesis), of the intended audience, and of the overall purpose of the paper.
A conclusion completes the essay in a logical and polished way.
A compare and contrast essay focuses on how two items or texts are similar, different, or both.