There are a few online databases and websites for doing scholarly work in Rhetoric and Composition.

Syllabi Resources
Excellent website with numerous resources for generating syllabi, writing assignments, and other materials for first-year writing classes.
From George Mason University, another good search engine for finding resources to help with writing your syllabus.

Composition Textbooks

Click here for a list of program-approved textbooks for EN 111-112, as well as email links to publisher representatives.

Databases and Other Reources in Rhetoric and Composition

Largest online searchable database of composition sources 1939-1999

The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing
The field’s standard bibliography. Features over 700 annotated citations of books, articles, journals, histories in the field of rhet-comp. 

Cyber Culture and Hypermedia Resources
A large subdivided bibliography of sources about teaching with technology.

Rhet-Comp Bibliographies at Syracuse University
Rebecca Moore Howard’s splendid bibliography of resources in rhetoric and composition studies.

Rhetoric and Composition
Resources, journals, bibliographies, weblogs, and other various links to information concerning studies in rhet-comp.

The Forest of Rhetoric
Site features definitions and resources about the rhetorical figures of speech and the five canons of classical rhetoric.

Journals and Professional Organizations

Rhetoric and Composition studies is a large and growing field. Here’s some of the journals that composition instructors may be interested in reading or submitting articles to. In addition, there are links to several professional organizations composition instructors may wish to join.


The ADE Bulletin
The CEA Forum
College Composition and Communication
College English
Composition Studies
Computers and Composition
JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory
Journal of Basic Writing
Journal of Business and Technical Communication
Journal of Second Language Writing
Journal of Teaching Writing
Philosophy and Rhetoric
Research in the Teaching of English
Rhetoric Review
Rhetoric Society Quarterly
TESOL Quarterly
Teaching English in the Two Year College
Writing Center Journal

Writing Lab Newsletter
Written Communication


Academic Writing
Comosition Forum
The Journal of Literacy and Technology