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English Composition Course Guide
A guide for students in ENGL 110, 155, 210, and other composition courses.
Background resources provide contextual information and may include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, maps, statistical sources, and more. Once you have identified the main topic and keywords for your research, find one or more background resources to read. These resources will help you understand the broader context of your research and tell you in general terms what is known about your topic.
Britannica Online Academic contains high-quality, comprehensive information. The combination of the Encyclopædia Britannica and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources for research—all in one place.
Searches a variety of encyclopedias on many different topics. Includes numerous subject specific reference sources (encyclopedias with more in-depth coverage). Entries contain reference lists for further reading.