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
Learn to write with your audience and purpose in mind.
Learn what constitutes college writing.
Understand key features of formal writing.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ESSAYS
Learn to identify the features of a research paper.
Learn how to write and format an annotated bibliography in APA Style (7th ed.).
Read a sample research paper written in APA Style.
Write an informative essay by following this guide, which includes a sample informative essay outline and final paper.
Write a public service announcement following this guide.
Learn the features of personal and academic reflective writing.
ARGUMENTATION AND PERSUASION
Write a persuasive essay following this guide, which includes a sample persuasive essay draft with instructor feedback and a revised final essay.
Understand how to write an argument.
Learn about the three appeals of classical rhetoric: ethos, pathos, and logos.
Learn how to argue effectively using credible evidence and avoid logical fallacies.
Learn to recognize common logical fallacies used in argumentative writing.
Understand how to analyze visual arguments such as ads.