Definition

English composition is defined as the process of combining distinct parts or elements to form a whole essay, research paper, business correspondence, technical report, or literary work and the manner in which these elements are combined or related. The following are examples of composing in English composition classes:
The art or act of composing a literary work
The structure or organization of literature
A short essay, especially one written as an academic exercise (an essay is a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative). 
Composition. (2007). In The Penguin English dictionary. Retrieved from http://proxy.devry.edu/login?qurl=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.credoreference.com.proxy.devry.edu%2Fcontent%2Fentry%2Fpenguineng%2Fcomposition%2F0 .

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Composition Forum
DOAJ:  Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.
Journal of Writing Research

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A+ Research and Writing 
This site is a guide for students who need help writing research papers. It includes a step by step look at the entire research process from choosing a topic to writing the paper.
APA Style Guide 
Provides an introduction with tutorials to the 6th edition of the American Psychological Association's Publication Manual and style guidelines for writing scholarly papers.
Edufind.com Online English Grammar Resources
A complete guide to English grammar and the rules of usage.
Elements of Style 
This standard reference book by William Strunk Jr. provides the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
Figures of Speech Served Fresh 
Blog that identifies the common figures of speech with definitions of terms and lists the best books on argumentation and rhetoric.
Foundation Center    
A resource center for information about foundations, philanthropy, fundraising, proposal writing, and nonprofits.
The Free Library 
Contains an enormous amount of published material-journals, magazines, blog postings, and classic literary texts. Organized by subject, author, or title.
Guide to Grammar and Style 
An eBook that covers a miscellany of grammatical rules, style and usage.
Guide to Grammar and Writing 
An interactive site with explanations and quizzes created by a community college professor.
How to Study.com:  Writing Techniques
Describes the five writing techniques required of effective writers.
KryssTal:  Introduction to Grammar  
An essay that covers the rules of English grammar with examples of usage.
Mayfield Handbook of Technical & Scientific Writing 
An electronic book that covers the essential elements of technical and scientific writing by Leslie C. Perelman and others.
Merriam-Webster Online   
A trustworthy and reputable website for standard language reference tools-a dictionary, thesaurus, medical dictionary, and encyclopedia.
Modern American Poetry 
Modern American Poetry is a collaborative effort that aims to provide "a single clearinghouse for some of the best criticism on the best poets of our time." One can find biographical information, bibliographies, criticism, commentary, and links to online copies of works on major modern American poets.
Online Books Page 
Facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet.
Online Technical Writing 
An electronic textbook written by David A. McMurrey.
Purdue Online Writing Lab  
Welcome to the Purdue OWL.  We offer over 200 free resources including: Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, Job Search and Professional Writing.
Strategies for Critical Reading and Writing 
Analyzing choices of content, language, and structure.
Today in Literature 
A daily calendar of engaging stories about literary history.
US Department of Labor.  Bureau of Labor Statistics:  Occupational Outlook Handbook
A guide that provides information on what workers do; the work environment; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; the job outlook; similar occupations; and sources of additional information, for 334 occupational profiles covering about 84 percent of the jobs in the US economy.
University of Texas Austin Undergraduate Writing Center  
A website that offers handouts relevant to writing at the undergraduate college level.
Using English  
A fully cross-referenced English glossary of linguistic and grammatical terms. Each grammar definition contains an explanation and cross-references to other relevant grammar terms.
Voice of the Shuttle  (VoS):  Website for Humanities Search
Sponsored by the English Department of the University of California at Santa Barbara, VoS was started by Professor Alan Liu in 1994. It is a dynamic database of online resources on literature, the humanities, and cultural studies. VoS includes both primary and secondary resources and offers links to course materials, author websites, literature in English and other languages, and ebooks.
Writer’s Digest 
The one-stop shop for information, resources and writing community. Writers can connect with other writers on our forum, visit our blogs and sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter.
Writing Technical Articles 
Offers advice on writing technical research and survey papers.
Writing Tools:  50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
An electronic book by Roy P. Clark that provides advice on improvement of writing skills.
Writing.com  
Writing.Com is an online community for writers of all interests and skill levels since 2000. The website offers a creative environment for authors with hundreds of unique writing tools and opportunities for creation and inspiration.
Writing-World.com  
An online community for readers and writers.