Skip to Main Content


Guide to Writing Expository Essays

The expository essay is a genre of essay that requires the student to investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, expound on the idea, and set forth an argument concerning that idea in a clear and concise manner. This can be accomplished through comparison and contrast, definition, example, the analysis of cause and effect, etc.

The formative and summative essays required in HUM 5000 involve an added autobiographical dimension challenging the student to relate the larger issue under investigation to one's personal intellectual and ethical journey.  

Guide to Prepapring a Thesis Statement

Guides to Preparing an Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of resources, each of which is explained, described, and/or evaluated in a brief summary.  The university-sponsored sites below provide helpful examples.