Types of Papers There are several different types of papers. These are the most commonly assigned. Report or Essay u A paper that informs, explains, or persuades u Generally 1 – 4 pages in length u Focuses on one topic, idea, or argument u Includes facts and evidence from several sources Research or Term Paper u Similar to an essay, but longer u Examines a subject in depth u Requires a great deal of research, organization, and documentation Creative Writing Paper u A paper that tells the reader a story u Uses characters, plot, and dialogue in order to communicate the writer’s ideas Thesis – All reports, essays, research, and term papers need a thesis statement. A thesis statement is a sentence or two that tells what your paper is about. It explains what you believe, intend to explain, or prove. To write a thesis statement, ask yourself,“What is the focus of this paper?”