ows others (whether teachers or fellow scholars) to understand the basis of the facts and quotations used to support the essays argument, and thereby help to evaluate to what extent the argument is supported by evidence, and to evaluate the quality of that evidence. The academic essay tests the students ability to present their thoughts in an organized way and is designed to test their intellectual capabilities. One essay guide of a US university makes the distinction between research papers and discussion papers. The guide states that a research paper is intended to uncover a wide variety of sources on a given topic. As such, research papers tend to be longer and more inclusive in their scope and with the amount of information they deal with. While discussion papers also include research, ...they tend to be shorter and more selective in their approach...and more analytical and critical. Whereas a research paper would typically quote a wide variety of sources, a
The personal and the autobiographical The essayists that feel most comfortable in this pole write fragments of reflective autobiography and look at the world through the keyhole of anecdote and description. The objective, the factual, and the concrete-particular The essayists that write from this pole do not speak directly of themselves, but turn their attention outward to some literary or scientific or political theme. Their art consists on setting forth, passing judgement upon, and drawing general conclusions from the relevant data. The abstract-universal In this pole we find those essayists who do their work in the world of high abstractions, who are never personal and who seldom mention the particular facts of experience. Huxley adds that the most richly satisfying essays are those which make the best not of one, not of two, but of all the three worlds in which it
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