ENGLISH COMPETENCY

Grammar and Mechanics – additional resources

Reading through these grammar rules and examples will help you prepare for Part 1 of the Exam. The document linked below is a compilation of the rules that you will see in the questions in the exam.  

Document — Grammar and Mechanics (pdf)

Handbooks and Textbooks

The books listed below serve as handbooks/textbooks to guide you in writing Academic Essays. All college students will greatly benefit from choosing any one of the books listed below as a supplement to any course that requires the writing of an essay.

Each book covers every step of the research and writing process, including drafting and revising. Some focus on a certain formatting style (Chicago-Style, MLA, etc…) and others handle each style in separate chapters. These books will teach you the methods and rules for source citation: notes-bibliography and author-date. Additionally, these books get into matters of editorial style and the correct way to present quotations and visual material.  Finally, it is worth noting, these books will equip you to conquer the fear of tackling any major writing project.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian, 7th edition available via Internet Archive

The Little Seagull Handbook by Richard Bullock and Francine Weinberg, 1st edition available via Internet Archive

The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, 2nd Edition available via Internet Archive

From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research by Michael Kibbe, available via Eternity Library

Essay Writing — additional resources

Essay Instructions

Eternity Writing Style Guide

Eternity Library Website – to access academic databases

Additional News Sources – additional places to conduct research

Example Student Essay (with comments)

Essay Submission Checklist