David Taylor
David Taylor

Before he began the Writing Fellows Program at the University of Maryland University College, Dr. Taylor was an executive magazine editor for Rodale Press, where he won a DEMA (Diving Equipment and Manufacturers Association) award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Journalism. For 10 years David served as a professor of English and Journalism at Moravian College in Pennsylvania, where he won the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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No matter what subject you study, every student has to write essays, and most essays need to follow MLA style guidelines. Don’t get marked down for formatting errors—just learn the simple rules in this lesson from David Taylor. In this comprehensive tutorial, David shows you how to format your entire paper, from header to works cited list. Though he uses Microsoft Word to demonstrate the formatting, the principles can be applied to any word processor.

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A thesis statement is the first and most important piece of any essay—whether you call it a controlling idea or a unifying concept, your paper must have one. But a thesis doesn’t just state your position on whatever matter you are writing about; it also provides a road map for constructing the body of your essay, an outline for you to follow. In this lesson from David Taylor, learn a simple formula to create a thesis; once you have a solid thesis, your paper will be a delight to write.

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Do you need to write a clear, concise paper for high school or college? In this lesson, Dr. David Taylor teaches you the secrets to writing a strong five-paragraph essay. Learn the rule of three, in which you write three body paragraphs, each of which explains a main point of your essay. See how to use repetition in your topic sentences to organize your writing, and understand how to formulate a thesis statement and structure your essay with the 1-3-1 outline.

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Your essay deadline is looming, but what will you write about? In this lesson, Dr. David Taylor teaches how to choose and narrow your research topic, then formulate a question that your essay will answer. Learn the three-step test that a good topic must pass: it must be debatable (other points of view must exist), plausible (be supportable by evidence), and consequential (answering the question should matter). This video also covers how to filter your topic to ensure a manageable scope for your essay.

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Do you need to share information in your workplace, but don't want it getting lost in a flood of emails? Learn to craft the perfect office memorandum! Dr. David Taylor teaches you how to write and format these crucial internal documents. When is a memo appropriate? What purpose can it serve? Discover the key rule to writing a memo (or any document): considering your audience. See how to format a memo's subject heading, body, and ending - and learn to make your memo brief, clear, and effective.

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Jump into the world of scholarly debate by learning how to write a good critique essay! Dr. David Taylor walks you through the introduction, summary, evaluation, response, and conclusion sections of the critique essay. Learn to summarize the author's main point while keeping your language objective, and discover some of the key evaluative criteria for a critique essay. This lesson can also helps you to identify some of the common logical fallacies in the work you are critiquing.

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