Guidelines, Content and Format: An essay is an analytic piece of written work, on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author. It is usually divided into an introduction, the main argument body), and a conclusion. A short literary composition. This is not a research paper but if you do use material from other sources, cite your sources. Cite your sources after the sentence in which you use them and indicate direct quotations. Your work will be checked with anti-plagiarism software. Plagiarism will be severely penalized.