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Rhetoric of Rebellion: As Action

ENGL 1302 with John Dethloff

About the Author

Biographical information about Alan Moore are available in print and electronic resources. Below are a sample of resources to get you started.

Library Resources

Google Scholar Search

Academic Journals

Below are some example keywords to get you started in your research.

  • citizenship
  • authority
  • terrorism
  • anarchy
  • distopia*
  • political participation
  • social action
  • activism
  • collective behavior

The Internet can be a wonderful source of original or primary sources.  When you are searching the web, determine if it is a credible source by critically applying the CAPOW criteria below:


  • What is the publication date or last date updated?
  • Is the content timely, useful, and valid for your information need?


  • Who wrote the content?
  • What makes that individual author or organization qualified to write it? What other information about the author is included?
  • Who sponsored the content?


  • Is the purpose of the content to inform, to entertain, or to promote a product or service? 
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Does the information seem credible? If so, can you check the information against another resource (i.e. book, journal article, newspaper, etc.) for credibility?


  • Is content biased?
  • Are opinions balanced or does the author have an agenda?
  • How does the bias influence the information?

Writing Style




  • Does the information contain a bibliography, references, or a comprehensive list of sources supporting its theme, topic, or agenda?
  • Is content presented at an appropriate level for an academic research paper?
  • Does the supporting information fit your research need?
  • Is the work complete, or is it a summary of other work?

Other Information

Conventions of Graphic Novels

Bryant, Jake. "Adaptation: The Conventions of a Graphic Novel." Concept Development & 3D Design. 28 Feb. 2014. Web. 4 Dec. 2014.

Elements of Art

Angle of view is the position from where the photographer took the picture. A photographer can point the camera from below, above, or straight at an object. In other artistic media, this is often called point of view. When looking for subjects, especially in nature, a photographer often shifts the angle of view to make interesting images. Angle of view can also express emotion or mood. It can give the viewer a sense of being small if looking up, or a sense of being big if looking down. 

Color is light reflected off objects. Color has three main charateristics; hue (the name of the color, such as red, green, blue, etc.),  value (how light or dark it is), and intensity (how bright or dull it is). Artists use color to achieve many effects. Color gives viewers a sense of mood, place, and time of year. Color can also move your eye around a composition and create a sense of space on a flat surface. Some artists achieve very saturated (strong, intense) color in their images, while others intentionally use subdued or muted colors in their subject matter.

Focus is the sharpness or clarity of subjects in the photographic image. Soft focus is created when a photographer manipulates the camera to achieve blurry, gentle edges. Photographers use the aperture (lens opening) and limitations of the lens to create sharp detail, soft edges, or both; this is called selective focus. 

Forms are three-dimensional shapes expressing length, width, and depth. Balls, cylinders, boxes, and pyramids are forms. 

Framing is how a photographer carefully presents a subject. Unlike painters, who usually begin with a blank canvas, photographers begin with everything in front of them. Once a subject is found, a photographer decides what to include in the picture frame. The photographer then composes the image to draw a viewer’s attention to the subject in a way that best expresses the artist’s idea of it.

Line is a mark with greater length than width. Lines can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal; straight or curved; thick or thin.

Shape is a closed line. Shapes can be geometric, like squares and circles; or organic, like free-form or natural shapes. Shapes are flat and can express length and width. 

Space is the area between and around objects. The space around objects is often called negative space; negative space has shape Space can also refer to the feeling of depth. Real space is three-dimensional; in visual art, when we create the feeling or illusion of depth, we call space.

Texture is how the surface of an object appears to feel or actually feels to the touch. Texture can be described as rough, smooth, soft, etc. Texture is shown in photographs by the way the light falls on an object and through value changes. The paper on which the photograph is made also determines texture.

Principles of Design

Balance is the distribution of the visual weight of objects, colors, texture, and space. If the design was a scale, these elements should be balanced to make a design feel stable. In symmetrical balance, the elements used on one side of the design are similar to those on the other side; in asymmetrical balance, the sides are different but still look balanced. In radial balance, the elements are arranged around a central point and may be similar.

Emphasis is the part of the design that catches the viewer’s attention. Usually the artist will make one area stand out by contrasting it with other areas. The area could be different in size, color, texture, shape, etc.

Movement is the path the viewer’s eye takes through the work of art, often to focal areas. Such movement can be directed along lines, edges, shape, and color within the work of art.

Pattern is the repeating of an object or symbol all over the work of art.

Repetition works with pattern to make the work of art seem active. The repetition of elements of design creates unity within the work of art.

Proportion is the feeling of unity created when all parts (sizes, amounts, or number) relate well with each other. When drawing the human figure, proportion can refer to the size of the head compared to the rest of the body.

Rhythm is created when one or more elements of design are used repeatedly to create a feeling of organized movement. Rhythm creates a mood like music or dancing. To keep rhythm exciting and active, variety is essential.

Variety is the use of several elements of design to hold the viewer’s attention and to guide the viewer’s eye through and around the work of art.

Unity is the feeling of harmony between all parts of the work of art, which creates a sense of completeness.

All terms and explanations are from:

Help with MLA Style: Paper Formatting and Citations

LSC-Kingwood Library guide to MLA style citation and a sample paper that includes MS Word tool tips to make formatting your paper and works cited easier.

  1. Click on the Insert tab in the to menu.
  2. Click on Page Number.
  3. Go to the Top of Page options and select Plain Number 3.
  4. Type you last name to the left of the number and include a space between the two.
  5. Make sure that your font is set to Times New Roman, size 12.

Note: it is important to create your page numbers first, because you will lose the text if you put your name in first.

  1. Set the font to Times New Roman, size 12.
  2. Set the spacing to Double Space​​
    1. Under the Home tab, locate the Paragraph section
    2. Click on the little box with an arrow; the Paragraph Settings
    3. Go to the Spacing section and click on the Line Spacing drop-down menu.
    4. Choose Double.
  3. Create your Heading information:
    1. Your name
    2. Your Instructor's name
    3. Course number
    4. Date
  4. Title your paper.
    1. Under paragraph section you'll notice there are different document alignments. Pick the centered.
    2. Everything else will be left aligned
  5. Set up the body of your paper:
    1. Make sure everything is left aligned (see above).
    2. Indent paragraphs.
      1. Under the Home tab, locate the Paragraph section
      2. Click on the little box with an arrow; the Paragraph Settings
      3. In the Indentation section, go to the Special drop-down menu.
      4. Choose First Line.
  1. Make a page brake between the end of your paper and the start of your Works Cited page.
  2. Title the page: Works Cited 
  3. Center align the title.
  4. Set the spacing to Double Space:   
    1. Click on the little box with an arrow; the Paragraph Settings. 
    2. Go to the Spacing section and click on the Line Spacing drop-down menu.
    3. Choose Double.
  5. Set the Hanging Indentation
    1. Click on the little box with an arrow; the Paragraph Settings
    2. Go to the Indentation section and click on the Special drop-down menu.
    3. Choose Hanging.
    4. Please not that you do not have to do anything more to make sure that your citation bumps over on the second line. If you manually moved the text over you will have trouble later when you go to alphabetize the works cited.

MS Word Paragraph tool box


At this point you can begin to create your citations. 

Refer to the MLA citation guides for proper formatting:


Articles from Online Databases

Articles from Web Sites


Once you have your list you need to alphabetize the sources. Here's the trick:

  1. Highlight all your citations.
  2. Click on the A-Z button in the Paragraph tools. A-Z
  3. A pop-up box called Sort Text will show up. Do not change any of the settings. -Sort by paragraphs.- Click OK.
  4.  Et voila! Your Works Cited is alphabetized.

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