English & Humanities Department – Writing, Literature, and Research Guides

Writing, Literature, and Research Guides
ENG 111 | ENG 112 | ENG 114
Literature | Word Processing | Dictionary
ENG 111: Composition and Essay Resources
  • Conclusions
    “Functions of the Conclusion” by Daniel Kies of College of DuPage gives extensive advice on writing conclusions for different types of essays.
  • Criteria for Evaluating an Essay
    This page lists the evaluation criteria used by the Department of Languages to evaluate a student’s essay. These criteria must be met for the final examination essay in ENG 111.
  • Editing Checklist
    Use this page as a guide to editing your essay after you have revised it using the “Revision Checklist” listed below.
  • The Elements of Style
    This online version of E. B. White’s famous guide explains how to write clearly and how to engage your audience. Yes, this is the same author of Charlotte’s Web. Use the “next” button just above the title of the introductory chapter to move through six concise chapters of this small yet important book on usage, composition, form, and words.
  • Essay Basics
    This section explains the basic components of writing an effective essay. If you master the skills in this section, you can apply them to writing any type of essay.
  • Introductions
    “Functions of an Introduction” by Daniel Kies of College of DuPage gives extensive advice on writing introductions for different types of essays.
  • Evaluation of Basic Computer Skills
    This page lists the evaluation criteria used by the Department of Languages to evaluate where students have met the college requirement for basic computer skills.
  • MLA Format for Essays and Research Papers
    Learn how to format the first and subsequent pages of an essay or research paper in the MLA format in Microsoft Word 2003.
  • Revision Checklist
    Use this page as a guide to revising your essay.
  • Revision Tips
    This section explains the steps to follow in revising an essay, including interactive exercises.
  • Sentence Sense
    This online textbook — written by Evelyn Farbman and prepared for the Internet by Charles Darling of Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut — gives clear and concise instructions and application exercises (with answers) in writing thesis statements, topic sentences, transitions, and conclusions. This online textbook also provides instruction and exercises in punctuation, capitalization, pronoun and verb use, clear point of view, and parallelism.
  • Thesis Statement
    “Thesis: The Thread and the Hinge” by Daniel Kies of College of DuPage gives extensive advice on writing thesis statements for different types of essays.
  • Touch Typing
    This link will connect you to a free online program that will teach you how to type without having to look at the keys. You can use the program over the Internet, or you can download the program and install it on your home computer.
ENG 112: Research Paper Resources
  • Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism
    Use this checklist as a guide to reviewing your research paper to make sure that you have not accidentally plagiarised any quotation, paraphrases, or summaries of information that you have located outside common knowledge. If you would like to use this guide in the MS Word format, you can open and print it or save it on your computer: Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism (MS Word 2003 document).
  • Claims
    Argumentative essays usually begin with a claim, also known as a thesis sentence. A claim is the main or controlling idea that is explained and supported by the body of the essay. Arguments usually begin with one of three types of claims. Daniel Kies of College of DuPage explains three types of claims: Factual claims, value claims, and policy claims.
  • Critical Analysis
    Click the link to read a summary of how to analyze anyone’s written or spoken argument and why this type of analysis is important for acadmeic and professional life. This advice comes from an Deakins University, located in Warrnambool, which is on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia.
  • Locating and Documenting Internet Sources in MLA Style
    This site explains how to locate and document Internet sources using the MLA style of documentation.
  • Logical Fallacy
    The “Logical Fallacy” entry from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia defines logical fallacies in general and then gives an index of fallacies with detailed examples for each type of fallacy to help you identify fallacies in reasoning.
  • Logical Fallacies
    This Encyclopedia of Errors of Reasoning helps you identify logical fallacies in the arguments of others and to avoid them in your own arguments.
  • MLA Citation Style Examples
    This source from Northwest Missouri State University gives excellent examples for citing sources from a variety of documents, especially online sources.
  • MLA Format for Essays and Research Papers with Word 2003
    Learn how to format the first and subsequent pages of an essay or research paper in the MLA format with Microsoft Word 2003.
  • MLA Format for Essays and Research Papers with Word 2007
    Learn how to use Word 2007 to format the first and subsequent pages of an essay or research paper in the MLA format.
  • MLA Formatting and Style Guide
    This guide to using the MLA documentation style for research papers is provided by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
  • TRAILS — Tools for Research and Advanced Information Literacy Skills
    TRAILS provides detailed instructions on locating information, principles of searching, evaluating resources, and citing resources. These skills are essential for anyone who wants to write a successful research paper.
  • Plagiarism and Collusion
    This site provides a self-test that you can use to determine if you are plagiarizing any part of a report or research paper. This site is provided by Deakins University, located in Warrnambool, which is on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia.
ENG 114: Technical Writing Resources
  • ENG 114 Resources
    This site provides students with resources to aid them in completing their ENG 114 assignments at Sandhills Community College.
ENG 131-273: Literature Resources
  • African American Literature
    This link connects you to an annotated list of links to articles about major authors in African American literature. The site lists authors in order of their historical and literary period.
  • American Literature
    The American Literature site is an annotated list of hundreds of online primary and secondary sources in American literature provided by “Voice of the Shuttle” by Alan Liu and colleagues in the University of California, Santa Barbara, English Department.
  • English Poetry
    This link connects you to an annotated list of links to articles about major poets in English literature. The site lists poets in order of their historical and literary period.
  • Literature in English
    This site is an annotated list of hundreds of online primary and secondary sources in literature written in English, provided by “Voice of the Shuttle” by Alan Liu and a development team in the University of California, Santa Barbara, English Department. Use the navigation links near the top right of the home page to search the site.
  • Modern American Poetry
    The Modern American Poetry Web site is an online journal and multimedia companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry and is sponsored by the Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oxford University Press. The site is a comprehensive list of modern American poets with complete poems and scholarly articles about the poets and their poetry.
  • Modernist Poetry in English
    This link connects you to an annotated list of links to articles about literary modernism in American and English literature.
  • Poetry of the United States
    This link connects you to an annotated list of links to articles about major poets in American literature. The site lists poets in order of their historical and literary period.
  • Primary Resources in U.S. History and Literature
    This link connects you to a collection of primary resources — historical documents, literary texts, and works of art — thematically organized with notes and discussion questions from the National Humanities Center.
Word Processing Resources
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus
    Use the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus to search and define words or phrases in Spanish and English. This site, which will open in a new window, also includes a medical dictionary.