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Understanding the concept of rhetorical situation

One key concept in the study of rhetoric is the rhetorical situation, which refers to the factors that influence the creation of a message. Broadly speaking, the rhetorical situation includes all the elements that help you better understand how a particular text is attempting to enter an ongoing conversation, and unless you understand that, you’re not going to be able …

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Searching Library Databases

To search for articles in a broad range of academic journals, go the library’s list of general and interdisciplinary databases and search some of those. I recommend Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, and Google Scholar, but keep in mind that you can’t use these databases unless you’re either on campus or logged into the campus network via VPN*. These databases index …

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Self-evaluation activities

The strategies on this handout will help you evaluate various aspect of your own draft. STRATEGY #1: HIGHLIGHT Use the highlighter tool in Word or Google Docs to complete the following activities on a digital version of your draft. Or, if you prefer, you may use a highlighter pen on a printed copy of your draft. (You’ll need to make …

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Bibliography Formatting

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Meeting readers’ expectations for paragraph structure

(Taken from an old handout; subject to revision) Much of what we teach in writing classes is based on research into how readers make sense of what they read. The research shows that readers have strong subconscious expectations about where to find the important information in a sentence or paragraph. They aren’t conscious of these expectations, in the sense that …

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How to Search the CU Library’s Databases of Articles

NOTE:  When you go to the CU Library main page, you’ll see a search window you can use to search Chinook, which is the library’s online catalog of books and other hard copy materials. Use the Chinook search window ONLY if you’re looking for books or other materials you plan to go to the library in person to check out …

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What is rhetoric?

PLEASE NOTE: This handout is subject to perpetual revision! VERY BRIEF OVERVIEW At its heart, rhetoric is the study of how knowledge is created and shared through communication practices that include reading, writing, and speaking. Rhetoric gives us the tools we need to study these communication practices so that we better understand how and why we respond to certain messages …

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Strategies for improving the structure of your papers

Try the following strategies to help you improve the structure of your paper. Study Guide Strategy This strategy works for any type of paper but is particularly effective for papers designed to inform or analyze. Imagine that your readers need to study your paper in order to prepare for an exam that will test their knowledge of your topic. How …

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Blocked quotations in Word

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Links to Revising and Editing Resources

Revising Sentences Revision: Cultivating a Critical Eye Helpful advice on revision from the Dartmouth Writing Program. Also see the links to Attending to Grammar and Attending to Style. Revising: Finding Common Errors Revising Prose (good tips for sentence clarity) Paragraphs Paragraphs and Topic Sentences (Indiana University) Guide to Paragraph Structure This file from the University of Maryland will open as …

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Resources to help you use and cite sources

Using and Citing Sources How to Work with Information from Sources (Bedford Research Room) Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing (CSU) Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing (Purdue OWL) Avoiding Plagiarism Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue OWL) Understanding Plagiarism (CSU) Straight Talk about Plagiarism (PDF file) St. Martin’s Tutorial on Avoiding Plagiarism (Bedford)

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Resources to help you develop a thesis and outline

(For WRTG 1150 – Spring 2010) Below are some links to handouts that will give you instruction in relevant aspect of writing a research paper. I didn’t require that you buy a textbook for this class because you can find so many good resources for free online, but you have to actually read them to benefit from them. Don’t limit …

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Resources to help you with research

Norlin Library Research Center If you’d like some one-on-one assistance from a librarian with any stage of the research process, stop by the Research Center in Norlin Library, Room E111. The Center is open from 2:00-5:00 on Mondays through Thursdays. Resources on the CU library’s web site Research and Subject Guides College Writing and Research Guide How do I…? (answers …

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If today's fifth graders are making video documentaries instead of writing research papers, what will count as "writing" by the time they arrive at college?