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Analytical writing

This section identifies the main features of analytical writing and explains why you need more than just analysis of your main points in your essays.

Analytical writing is commonly required in academic writing to show relationships between pieces of information. It is used to compare and contrast, assess or evaluate (for example, a number of approaches, theories, methodologies or outcomes). It has a structure based on the ordering of main ideas in relation to each other and uses evidence from various sources. However, analytical writing does not present a position to be argued.

Like descriptive writing, analytical writing often forms part of argumentative essay writing but is never the primary component of this type of writing.

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