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English: 101 - Zamora

English 101 - College Reading & Composition I

English 101 is a reading and composition course designed to prepare students to handle a wide range of college writing assignments and to acquire the analytic skills necessary for effective academic preparation. Stress is placed on the organization and composition of objective expository and argumentative essays, including the research paper.


Write an essay about a concept of your choice.

When you have a good understanding of the concept you have chosen, explain it to your readers, considering carefully what they might already know about it and how your essay might add to what they know.

Employ writing strategies offered in SMG chapter 4:

  • Compare & Contrast
  • Classification
  • Process Narration


  • Show the meaning and significance of the concept
  • This is not a research paper
  • Select a concept, not a disease, thing, or phenomenon


Navigate to the Find Articles tab and view the Databases by Subject page.

Recommended Subject Databases Collections:


Individual Databases:

Assignment Requirements

Type: Essay

Length: 1,200 words

Citation Format: MLA

Required Sources: 2 - 4 Scholarly Sources

You may use the following sources: 

  • authoritative web sites from institutions trusted by academics (typically .gov, .edu, and .org sites, though the latter must be scrutinized carefully)
  • academic journals (either paper or digital form), books, movies, and television shows.

You are not allowed to use:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Magazines
  • Wikipedia


Example Sources:

Articles Academic/Scholarly, Newspaper, Magazine
Books Print, eBook, Reference
Media Video, Audio, Image
Miscellaneous Personal Interview


Navigate to the Find Books tab and use the library catalog search box. 


Connect to the catalog by viewing the books below:

  1. Click on the blue link or image to open the item record in the library catalog. Take note of the school location, call number, and status
  2. To find similar books, click on Catalog Record and look at the Subject Terms to see how the item was cataloged. 
  3. Click on the Subject Term to navigate to items cataloged with that term and view results. 

To begin a new search after viewing a book, click Search/Home on the top left bar. 

Add books from the catalog here.