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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.

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Reference works such as dictionaries and encyclopedias can provide background information. Use these resources when you:

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  • Are having trouble selecting a topic.
  • Don’t know what search terms to use.
  • Need to find facts and figures.

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Oxford English Dictionary Online
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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language.

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Their content includes encyclopedias and specialized dictionaries but may also include journal articles and other sources.

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