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Introduction to English Rhet & Comp

English 1301 and 1302 are courses based in rhetoric and composition to teach you foundational skills in research, source assessment, rhetoric (for making good arguments or recognizing bad ones), and writing. This guide will walk you through the various skills and tips you might need for either of these classes. For more individualized assistance, contact your English librarian, or schedule an appointment with the Research Mavs.

Subject Guide

Egnlish 1301

ENGL 1301 focuses on helping on understand the rhetorical moves of any argument. The goal of the course is to be able to explain the different parts of someone's rhetoric. In order to do this, you will learn rhetorical moves and strategies-- but most importantly, you will learn: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos.

English 1302

ENGL 1302 focuses on teaching you research and writing skills. There are three main assignments to the class: The Issue Proposal, the Annotated Bibliography, and the Mapping the Issue Paper. These assignments build off one another, and are designed to teach you the steps in the research life cycle.

Issue Proposal

For the issue proposal, you will be asked to identify a topic, concept, or argument that can be explored. Your goal is to be able to identify various points of view, the history, and the outlook for this topic. Pick something that interests you, but also something that you can find sources on! Once you have picked your topic, it will be time to embark on your research.

Annotated Bibliography

After you've decided on your topic, presented the proposal to your professor, and have had it approved, your next job will be to research sources that you might use for your annotated bibliography. Your annotated bib entries have specific requirements (see your assignment instructions), but finding articles that will help you to complete your Mapping the Issue paper will save you time, and help to build your experience of research in the course.

Keep in mind, you will need to finds sources that speak to:

  • 3 different points of view (for, against, and some secret 3rd opinion-- you get to decide)
  • the history of your topic
  • the key voices in your topic
  • the outlook/direction of the conversation surrounding your topic

There are a few databases that can help you find these things. Recommended databases for this course are:

Academic Search Complete

  • part of the ebsco host family of databases, lots of different subjects covered, easy to navigate
  • front page navigation similar to more traditional research methods

Tip: follow this guide on using Boolean Operators to help curate your keyword search on Academic Search Complete

CQ Researcher

  • great for finding historical information, timelines, and for "full reports" will have a pro/con section
  • webpage layouts change frequently, page navigation can take some focus
  • all articles are peer reviewed by experts in the field
  • frequently updated information

Points of View Reference Center

  • part of ebsco host family of databases
  • similar to CQ Researcher, gives overview information on topic
  • has pro/con section
  • frequently updated information