Resources in Comp/Rhet
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Rebecca Moore Howard
The Writing Program
Syracuse University

Online resources for CCR Students

Comprehensive and eclectic sites

Wendy Bousfield maintains a collection of online resources pertinent to the interests of SU composition and rhetoric practitioners, cataloguing online resources as well as those available in hardcopy at the SU library. Mark Gellis' website offers an alphabetical listing of a variety of rhetoric resources, as does David Fleming's. Andrew R. Cline provides a primer of classical rhetoric and an alphabetically ordered guide to rhetorical analysis.

Teaching resources

  1. The national Council of Writing Program Administrators' outcomes statement for first-year composition is available online.
  2. David Fleming offers a list of textbook publishers' websites, where you can order free exam copies of textbooks that you want to consider for adoption in classes you are assigned to teach. Be sure to browse the publishers' lists of free ancillary books available to textbook adopters; many of these are invaluable resources.
  3. The Syracuse Writing Program provides an online teachers' handbook that collects local policy documents, teaching materials, and teachers' tips.
  4. offers a list of OWLs (online writing labs), where you and your students can find answers to a wide range of composing and editing questions.
  5. Mark Gellis' website offers an alphabetical listing of reference sources for writing students, including grammar pages, ESL links, and OWLs. David Fleming maintains a similar "Help for Writers" site, as does Sandra Jamieson with her "On-line Resources for Writers".
  6. My website includes links to handouts that I've developed for my own classes--and some handouts developed by others that I've found especially useful.
  7. Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges have established an outstanding grant-generated Plagiarism Resource Site. For a more limited (and proprietary) source, you may want to visit the online Center for Academic Integrity. If you just want to catch and punish plagiarists, will do the labor for you, for a price. Some of my own thoughts on plagiarism are in papers on my website. And Robert Harris provides sensible "Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers".
  8. Gary N. Curtis has set up a web guide to logical fallacies, and Washington State has a well-developed website on critical thinking.
  9. Sandra Jamieson links to anti-war resources for students and teachers. See also the Rhetoricians for Peace website.
  10. The Globalization Website is maintained by Emory University scholars of globalization. The About Globalization for-profit website represents both pro- and anti-globalization perspectives.
  11. Online materials from a 2002 CCCC workshop offer good information and links for advanced writing courses and writing majors.
  12. Colorado State sponsors the WAC Clearinghouse.

Bibliographies and databases

  1. Paul Kei Matsuda's website includes a list of composition and rhetoric bibliographies, as does David Fleming's. My website offers several bibliographies online that are of potential use to practitioners of composition and rhetoric. These are not comprehensive bibliographies, but rather a compilation of sources that I have chanced upon in my studies. Rich Haswell maintains CompPile, a searchable database for composition and rhetoric. CompPile indexes a wide range of sources within composition and rhetoric but does not include extra-disciplinary citations. In addition, the CCCC Bibliography is available online.
  2. The SU Library provides a number of searchable databases. I've found Humanities Abstracts, the MLA Bibliography, and FirstSearch especially useful.
  3. Infomine indexes online scholarly resource collections.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

  1. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism can answer many questions about critical terms and theorists that compositionists encounter in their work. When you follow this link, you'll be prompted for your SU ID number and for your last name, in lower case. The Literary Encyclopedia also offers an open-source alphabetical dictionary of literary terms.
  2. Athabasca University maintains an online searchable dictionary for the social sciences, and Andrew Roberts' social science dictionary orders terms alphabetically.
  3. indexes lists of literary and rhetorical terms. And Gideon Burton offers a dictionary of rhetorical terms, as does the University of Kentucky.
  4. The Oxford Reference Online is an excellent general reference database. When you follow the Oxford Reference link, you'll be prompted for your SU ID number and for your last name, in lower case. The Internet Public Library is another great resource. And InfoPlease provides an online general-purpose atlas, almanac, dictionary, and encyclopedia.

Publishing and networking

  1. Paul Kei Matsuda's website lists comp/rhet publishers and conferences.
  2. Fleming, Matsuda, and index comp/rhet professional organizations and listservs; includes blogs and moos. The online journal Kairos provides a list of blogs that Collin Brooke recommends as pertinent to a comp/rhet audience. The Teaching Composition listserv offers a topical monthly module from a an experienced composition practitioner, as well as opportunity for participants to talk about those issues and any others they wish to raise.
  3. Matsuda, Sid Dobrin, and provide lists of comp/rhet journals.
  4. indexes current calls for papers in the discipline and lists university programs in composition and rhetoric. David Fleming, too, lists comp/rhet programs.
  5. David Fleming's website links to useful home pages of several comp/rhet practitioners.

The Suggestion Box:
Email me your suggestions for additional online resources for SU CCR students that should be included here.