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English 101 Student Resources

Common knowledge is information that is presumed to be shared by
members of a specific "community" � an institution, a city, a
national region, the nation itself, Western vs Eastern civilization, a
particular race, ethnic group, religion, academic discipline, professional
association, or other such classification.

This handout provides steps and exercises to eliminate wordiness at the sentence level.

Sometimes you have to do some investigation, or even be a little creative,
to get the necessary information. Understanding the basic purposes of
citation can help you determine what information you really need.

Research shows that taking notes by hand forces you to actively listen.

This document will give you a variety of ways to look for each kind of information. 

Here’s a quick five-point take on the gap between the rich and poor.

“I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion.’ Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself, maybe to head off an argument or bring one to a close. Well, as soon as you walk into this room, it’s no longer true. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are only entitled to what you can argue for.”

The most effective arguments are tailored specifically to their readers, so this element is a key part of "The Rhetorical Situation" or a rhetorical analysis.

Rhetological Fallacies — Information is Beautiful

Dedicated to distilling the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams.

Here are ten ways to produce more vivid, direct, concise prose by replacing wordy phrases with fewer words and reorganizing sentences.

...Nothing strikes fear into the heart of the human more than the active and passive voices. However, they can be easy to spot and can, at times, be very useful in understanding a text. The differences between the following sentences are all too obvious.

Texts do not exist in a vacuum, and in order to understand their rhetorical power, we must always consider how various factors motivate and shape them.

This document will help you be able to distinguish real information from its three lookalikes, or counterfeits: propaganda, misinformation and disinformation. Understanding the counterfeits will enable you to become a much more critical consumer of information.

Rhetoric and Composition Wikibook

Welcome to the Rhetoric and Composition Wikibook, designed for use as a textbook in first-year college composition programs, written as a practical guide for students struggling to bring their writing up to the level expected of them by their professors and instructors. For more detail, see the Introduction chapter.

Writing Commons etextbook

Writing Commons is a free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed,
award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.

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