Explication Essay Samples and Resources

  • Poetry Explication--This short page lists some of the poetic elements that should be considered in an explication.
  • Explication of a Poem --This short page defines an explication and gives some suggestions for writing one.
  • Poetry Explications --This comprehensive page is an excellent handout from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Writing Center.
  • Poetry Explications --This is a downloadable and printable .pdf version of the link above from Chapel Hill.
  • How to Write an Explication --This short page gives both good and bad examples of brief explications.
  • Web Guide for Poetry Explication --This is an online list of useful library resources, links to web sites detailing how to write a poetry essay, examples of poetry explications, and other helpful ideas.

Research Paper Resources

  • Developing a Research Question--Empire State College's excellent tutorial on how to narrow and focus a topic into a research question and thesis sentence.
  • Developing a Research Question--This step-by-step tutorial from Bedford St. Martins accompanies the text The Bedford Researcher.
  • Developing a Research Question--This short page focuses on how to move from research question to thesis statement.
  • Developing a Research Topic-- This short page from the UVSC Library looks at the steps involved in moving from the research topic to the research question.
  • Using Quotations--This short guide explains when to use direct quotations and how to incorporate them into your paper.
  • Working with Quotations--Another excellent Empire State College tutorial on how to properly integrate quotations into your research paper.
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