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ENC 1101 - Freeman (Plant City): Definition Essay

Definition Essay Assignment

Definition Essay Assignment Resources

The book titles and database suggestions on this page will help you find resources for this assignment.  You will need to be logged into HCC Libraries Online in order to access the databases and any other electronic material found in the HCC Libraries Online Catalog.

"About the Topic"

Definition Essays can be challenging.  The HCC Libraries Online Catalog has a new feature called "About the Topic".  This resource appears at the top of the results page for a simple search linking you to an authoritative reference entry that helps define your term as well as provides essential background information and other keywords in expanding your definition.

Below is a sample of some of the About the Topic results.  To access these links, please make sure you are logged into the HCC Libraries Online System.



Not all keyword search terms will have an "About the Topic" in the results.  

Resources for the Definition Essay


Books and ebooks that examine all kinds of topics are available from the HCC Library. Books are located by searching the HCC Libraries Online Catalog.

Some books that might be helpful to begin this assignment:


Reference Databases

Reference Databases

Reference databases provide general background information on a specific topic to help define your subject as well as provide a better understanding of the subject matter.

Articles from Databases

MLA Citation Help

MLA Citation Writing

Please see the MLA Citation Guide page for citation writing assistance.