How to structure an essay

Imagine the structure of an essay as a map or step-by-step guide to conducting research and for organizing and reporting the results of students’ own interpretation of the information they find. It is important to note, though, that there are no hard-and-fast rules for structuring a given essay, but there are some general guidelines available that can help students with the process depending on what type of essay is involved. It is also important to structure your essay according to your own thinking rather than relying on the structure of your sources. Regardless of whether it is an argumentative or comparative essay, however, the general structure of an essay requires an introduction and conclusion, of course, as well as the main body which should include a series of section titles that describe the contents and main points. In addition, the structure of an essay should also “flow” in a seamless and logical way by linking the keywords in the introduction to each of the section titles.