Genres/Types of Documents

 

Each "genre" (type of document) involves specific features that set it apart from other genres. Therefore, writers must understand the format and writing style expected of them. These resources provide basic information for students to understand an instructor's writing assignment and the features of some types of documents students may be asked to write.

Abstract
Annotated Bibliography
Argument/Persuasive Essay
Blog
Book Review
Business Article Analysis
Business Case Analysis
Cause and Effect Essay
Classification and Division Essay
Commentary/Op-Ed
Compare and Contrast Essay
Cover Letter
Critique
Curriculum Vitae/CV
Definition Essay
Descriptive Essay
Dissertation/Thesis
Email
Essay Exam
Ethnography
Explication
Expository Essay
Film/Movie Review
Historical Document Analysis
Historical Research Paper
Illustration Essay
Infographic
Journal
Laboratory Report
Listicle
Literature Review
Manifesto
Memo
  • Business Memos (Colorado State University Writing Studio)
  • Memos (Purdue University Online Writing Lab--OWL)
  • Memos (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Global Communication and Design)
  • Memos (Texas A&M University Writing Center)
  • Writing Effective Memos (University of Maryland University College Effective Writing Center)
  • Writing Professional Memos (San Jose State University Writing Center)
Memoir
Narrative Essay
Personal Essay
Personal Letter
Personal Response
Personal Statement/Application Essay
Photo Essay
Poetry
Portfolio
Career
E-Portfolio
Nursing
Teaching
Writing
Poster
PowerPoint Slides
Presentation
Process Essay
Profile
Proposal
Reflective Writing
Research Report
Resume
Rhetorical Analysis
Scientific Report
Social Media
Technical Report
Video Essay
Visual Analysis
Web Page
White Paper
Writer's Notebook
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