Essay Do's and Don'ts is a concise, practical guide on the fundamentals of essay writing for students enrolled in introductory literature or English courses at the college or university level. In an easy, accessible tone, the authors present the essentials of structuring an essay, formulating and supporting ideas, and writing in clear, grammatical sentences. The book focuses on common problems first-year students encounter when writing essays. The text includes sample essays which illustrate the "do's" and "don'ts" of good essay writing, as well as readings, examples, and exercises to help students improve their vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, and general writing skills. The second edition offers more practice exercises and writing and research tips throughout. The chapter on MLA and APA documentation styles has been updated and expanded, and now includes sample student research essays to illustrate both styles. The readings appendix features six readings (three new) along with post-reading questions and topics.