The Guide to Writing and Research focuses mainly on the challenges of writing research papers, and as part of that interest it explains how to write summaries, abstracts, and critiques. It also has a section in Chapter 3 on "Writing Essay Exams." These writing genres certainly do not exhaust the wide variety of assignments you may be faced with in your undergraduate course work.

Two kinds of writing assignments that are frequently seen in the UMUC Online Writing Center are the Argumentative Assignment and the Article Review or Reaction Paper. The following instructions are intended to help you address the challenges of these two commonly seen assignments.