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Scholarly Journals in Rhetoric and Writing

College Composition and Communication - Online from 2/1/1990-present; Print,  v.22 (1971-present) PE1001.C6

College English - Print, v.1 (1939)-present,  PE1.C6

Composition Studies - Online from 3/1/2004-present; Print, v. 34 (20060-v 37 (2009), PE1404 .C6256 & online

Computers and Composition -  Online from 1/1/1995-present; Print, v. 16 (1999) - v. 22 (2005) LB1576.7 .C61

English Journal - Online from 1/1/1986-present; Print, v.31 (1942-present), PE1.E581

JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory - Some issues  available online; Print v.15 (1995- 2008), PE1001 .J681

Journal of Basic Writing - Print, v. 9 (1990-2009), PE1404.J68

Language Arts - Print, v.52 (1975-present), L11.E5

Oregon English Journal - Print, v. 13 (1991-present), LB1576 .O755

Research in the Teaching of English - Print, v.1 (1967-present), PE1065.R4

Teaching English in the Two-Year College - Online from 2/1/1996-present; Print, v.29 (2001-present),  PE1065.T4

TESOL Quarterly - Online from 1/1/1996-present; Print. v.1 (1967-present), PE1001.T3

Voices from the Middle - Online from 2/1/1995-present; Print, v.31 (2006-present), LB1631 .V65

Written Communication - Online from 1999-present; Print, v. 8 (1991-present), P211.W737



Smart searching

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Keeping Up and Managing Your Research

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Tips and techniques are on the Keeping current with research guide.

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