The Purdue Global Writing Center supports writers in college composition and across the curriculum with resources that cover a range of topics on college writing from audience and formality to assignment types and sample essays and argumentation and rhetoric. Browse the collection below or use the search tool to locate topics on college writing and more.
AUDIENCE AND FORMALITY
Audience and Purpose Podcast
Learn to write with your audience and purpose in mind.
College Writing Podcast
Learn what constitutes college writing.
Formal Vs. Informal Writing
Understand key features of formal writing.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ESSAYS
Writing a Research Paper
Learn to identify the features of a research paper.
Writing an Annotated Bibliography
Learn how to write and format an annotated bibliography in APA Style (7th ed.).
Sample APA Research Paper
Read a sample research paper written in APA Style.
Writing an Informative Essay
Write an informative essay by following this guide, which includes a sample informative essay outline and final paper.
Creating a Public Service Announcement
Write a public service announcement following this guide.
Learn the features of personal and academic reflective writing.
ARGUMENTATION AND PERSUASION
Writing a Persuasive Essay
Write a persuasive essay following this guide, which includes a sample persuasive essay draft with instructor feedback and a revised final essay.
Argumentative Writing Podcast
Understand how to write an argument.
The Three Appeals of Argument Podcast
Learn about the three appeals of classical rhetoric: ethos, pathos, and logos.
How to Support an Argument and Avoid Logical Fallacies
Learn how to argue effectively using credible evidence and avoid logical fallacies.
Hasty Generalizations and Other Logical Fallacies
Learn to recognize common logical fallacies used in argumentative writing.
Visual and Spatial Rhetoric: Analyzing Images
Understand how to analyze visual arguments such as ads.