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essay: An essay is an extended piece of writing that presents and supports a thesis or proposition. It makes a case for the validity of a particular point of view, analysis, interpretation or set of facts or procedures. It aims to present and defend a topic and a stance to the reader. Essays rely not only on the validity of the facts they communicate but also on the selection, critical evaluation, organization, and presentation of these facts.

paper: Also known as a research or original article, is one of the main ways new knowledge and discoveries are communicated to a creative, academic or scientific community. It is a full-length document on original research. It generally consists of the background of a research topic, its study design and methodology, the results of the study, and then its conclusion. The scholarly articles or publications used to inform the research are listed at the end of the article as its references or works cited.

interview: An interview is essentially a structured conversation where one participant asks questions, and the other provides answers. It is a one-on-one conversation between an interviewer and an interviewee.

conversation: A written or recorded (and transcribed) meaningful discussion between two or more thinkers that has evolved from prior debates or seminars on a particular topic.