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ENGL 1113 Composition 1

A review of grammar & basic mechanics with a focus on effective college-level personal & expository essay writing.


English Composition

Welcome to the research guide for Composition 1. The resources in this guide have been selected to help you make this class a success.

See below for course information and answers to common questions about finding the material you need.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Making mistakes is part of the learning process.

However, there are several resources you can use that will assist you in creating a citation in Modern Language Association (MLA) format, which you will use in this class.


Try these links for reliable information on MLA style:


The official guide to MLA style is available at the front desk of the J. W. Martin Library.

Whenever you give information from another source, you must credit that source.

If it’s a direct quote, you must include an in-text citation and put the quoted material in quotation marks or, if it’s particularly long, set it off in an indented paragraph (a blockquote). If you paraphrase, you still must include a citation, and you must ensure that the paraphrase does not match the wording or sentence structure of the original too closely.

Check out this infographic:

If you use someone else's idea, whether quoting or paraphrasing, you must cite your source.
Fig. 1.What Is Plagiarism? A Guide to Catching and Fixing Plagiarism.EasyBib, , Accessed .

Checking Out

The record in the catalog will include a link if an eBook is available.

An eBook link in the catalog.
Fig. 2. eBook option as it appears in a catalog entry.

Most of our eBooks are hosted by the company EBSCO. You will need to log into or create an EBSCO account to download an eBook.

See the eBook guide for full instructions:


You do not need to return a downloaded eBook. Once the lending period has ended, the title returns to the library.

The maximum checkout period is . You can’t renew an eBook, but you can check it out again.

If you search in any of our research databases, you will usually have the option to limit results to Full Text only.

This will display only articles immediately available in either HTML or PDF format. Try any of the databases available through EBSCOhost.

A search in an EBSCO database will allow you to refine your results:

EBSCO sidebar with refined results.
Fig. 3. Detail of the limiter options in an EBSCO database.

All of our online resources are available off campus.

You may sometimes encounter a log-in screen like this:

Screenshot of EZProxy login screen.
Fig. 4. Log-in screen for off-campus access.

Simply use the same username and password you use on Self Service.

English at Northwestern

These links will take you to official NWOSU university pages.