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Read more about Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Guide to General Education

Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Guide to General Education

Copyright Year: 2024

Contributor: Tracy

Publisher: ROTEL

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Guide to General Education developed out of many years of thinking about general education courses and curriculums. We, as university personnel, do not always succeed in explaining why we have certain requirements. Even though these courses make up a significant percentage of our college careers, there is not often time set aside to talk about general education and explore its purpose and goals. When we do not know the reason why we are doing something, it can sometimes lead to apathy and even resentment. Once we have an idea of the purpose, then we can start to appreciate and learn. It is worthwhile to spend some time thinking about these purposes, both “official” and personal ones, in order to maximize student learning.

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Read more about Sourcing, summarizing, and synthesizing:  Skills for effective research writing 

Sourcing, summarizing, and synthesizing:  Skills for effective research writing 

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributor: McBride

Publisher: University of Arkansas

License: CC BY-NC-SA

An open educational text written by McBride.

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Read more about Writing for Inquiry and Research

Writing for Inquiry and Research

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributors: Kessler, Bennett, Primeau, Williams, Costello, and Armstrong

Publisher: University of Illinois Library - Urbana

License: CC BY-NC

Writing for Inquiry and Research guides students through the composition process of writing a research paper. The book divides this process into four chapters that each focus on a genre connected to research writing: the annotated bibliography, proposal, literature review, and research essay. Each chapter provides significant guidance with reading, writing, and research strategies, along with significant examples and links to external resources. This book serves to help students and instructors with a writing-project-based approach, transforming the research process into an accessible series of smaller, more attainable steps for a semester-long course in research writing. Additional resources throughout the book, as well as in three appendices, allow for students and instructors to explore the many facets of the writing process together.

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Read more about Reading and Writing Successfully in College: A Guide for Students

Reading and Writing Successfully in College: A Guide for Students

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributor: Lynne

Publisher: ROTEL

License: CC BY-SA

This textbook provides students with guidelines for understanding writing tasks as intellectual work using Bloom’s Taxonomy and for treating the writing process as a set of variable activities that move along a trajectory from idea or assignment to a finished product. The book also includes chapters on strengthening reading strategies and on finding, evaluating, and using sources effectively.

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Read more about Introduction to College Research

Introduction to College Research

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Butler, Sargent, and Smith

Publisher: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

License: CC BY

This book acknowledges our changing information landscape, covering key concepts in information literacy to support a research process with intention. We start by critically examining the online environment many of us already engage with every day, looking at algorithms, the attention economy, information disorder and cynicism, information hygiene, and fact-checking. We then move into an exploration of information source types, meaningful research topics, keyword choices, effective search strategies, library resources, Web search considerations, the ethical use of information, and citation.

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Read more about College Success Concise

College Success Concise

Contributor: Baldwin

Publisher: OpenStax

License: CC BY

OpenStax College Success Concise serves First Year Experience, Student Success, and College Transition courses, and can also be used as a supplementary resource in courses across the curriculum. With the input of hundreds of instructors and academic success experts, the authors carefully prioritized the most critical topics to align to briefer courses. The offering covers material such as college culture, time management, mindset, study skills, test preparation, financial literacy, health, and planning for the future. While much of the material is very similar to the original College Success book, this version was holistically edited and updated. Users will see additions such as a new section on group work and greatly expanded coverage of stress management and wellbeing.

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Read more about It’s About Them: Public Speaking in the 21st Century

It’s About Them: Public Speaking in the 21st Century

Contributors: Kim, Marshall, and Pulliam

Publisher: LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

License: CC BY-NC-SA

In addition to original material this book is an adaptation of Introduction to Speech Communication authored by Sarah E. Hollingsworth, Kathryn Weinland, Sasha Hanrahan, and Mary Walker with a CC BY-NC-SA license. Introduction to Speech Communication includes original work as well as adapted and remixed material from Exploring Public Speaking: 4th Edition licensed CC BY-NC-SA, Stand Up, Speak Out licensed CC BY-NC-SA, and Fundamentals of Public Speaking licensed CC BY.

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Read more about Writing Rhetorically: Framing First Year Writing

Writing Rhetorically: Framing First Year Writing

Contributors: Fontenot, Rodrigue, and Waller

Publisher: LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

License: CC BY

This course equips students with a strong understanding of how to use rhetorical modes that underpin much academic writing. The textbook covers modes related to creative writing, such as narration and illustration, while also covering analytically-focused modes such as comparison and cause and effect. Detailed assignment sheets are supplemented by helpful student worksheets for each major paper assignment. The book's final chapter includes grammar and style exercises.

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Read more about Rhetoric Matters: A Guide to Success in the First Year Writing Class

Rhetoric Matters: A Guide to Success in the First Year Writing Class

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributors: Falik, La Rue, and Watts

Publisher: LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Rhetoric Matters: A Guide to Success in the First Year Writing Class offers students necessary concepts and practice to learn all the elements needed for successful first year writing and set the stage for future writing success in college.

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Read more about The Commons: Tools for Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric

The Commons: Tools for Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributors: Parrot, Ashby, and Collins

Publisher: Eastern Kentucky University Libraries

License: CC BY-NC

An Open Textbook for English 101: Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric at Eastern Kentucky University

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