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ENG 105-08: The Art of Writing

This guide introduces some of the ideas you'll need to understand to be successful in your assignment in ENG 105-08: The Art of Writing, as well as how to apply these ideas in the context of academic writing.

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  • The first section (Academic Writing) discusses the differences between academic and non-academic writing, describes academic writing as a conversation and introduces the concept of rhetoric, discusses critical thinking and critical reading, describes the multiple stages of the writing process, and offers some dos and don'ts of formatting citations.
  • The second section (Academic Research) explains how the idea of research as a conversation can guide our research process, provides tips for using the reference collection to get a broad sense of your topic, searching for books, searching for scholarly articles, and performing a bibliographic trace to map the keystone and related texts in a scholarly conversation, as well as how to keep your sources organized using citation management applications, and what scholarly organizations engage in research in various special areas of English Studies.
  • The third section (The English Language) provides access to dictionaries and guides to grammar and style which can not only reduce errors but also enable you to improve as a writer, as well as explore special areas of research like linguistics and lexicography.
  • The fourth section (Anglophone Literature(s)) showcases the incredible diversity of formal genres, peoples and identities, subject matters, and historical periods which could be described under the rubric of Anglophone Literature -- the literature of English-speaking peoples around the world.
  • The fifth section (Criticism and Theory) provides resources introducing the world of literary criticism, as well as resources on related fields including rhetoric and cultural studies.
  • The sixth section (Creative Writing) lists a number of resources for learning to compose in a number of different genres, as well as information about how and where to get your work published.
  • The last section (Digital Humanities) highlights new methods of research in the field of English Studies using digital tools that enable new forms of knowledge to be developed and new interactive forms of text to be composed.

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