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ENG 702: Rhetorical Criticisms: Traditions & Practices: Home
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Credo Reference includes over 650 titles with particular emphasis on subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks. Also included are over 1,100 short reference videos, nearly 450,000 high-resolution art images, photographs and maps across all subject areas.
Encyclopaedia Britannica's online version includes articles ranging from concise explanations to comprehensive expositions and from historical treatments of subjects to current-events coverage. Included are Britannica's Book of the Year, Nations of the World, and changing feature sections. Coverage: 1994-
A full-text database of archived issues of academic journals. Since JSTOR is a backfiles project, a typical coverage range is the beginning of a journal until three or five years ago. Supported in part by the Dail Endowment Fund. Coverage: Varies
ProQuest Central provides access to databases across all major subject areas, including business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and religion. The collection includes thousands of full-text scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, dissertations, working papers, and market reports all together on a powerful, user-friendly platform.
The WAC Clearinghouse is an open-access, educational website supported by more than 150 contributors, institutional sponsors, and roughly 180 volunteer editors, editorial staff members, reviewers, and editorial board members.
CompPile allows ready reference to the published scholarship in post-secondary composition and rhetoric from 1939 to the present. CompPile focuses on post-secondary writing (not speaking or conversing). It integrates journal articles, review-essays, notes and comments, books, dissertations, ERIC items, and edited collections.