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Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing, Second Edition
John Chaffee et al.
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Chapter 9 Forming Concepts: Writing to Classify and Define

Exploring the Chapter Topic

Library of Congress Classification Outline
This page explains how the Library of Congress uses classes and sub-classes for purposes of classification and organization. Note how the sub-classes become more and more specific, but still fall under a more general category. This system has replaced the Dewey Decimal System in most libraries.

Dewey Decimal Classification System
Compare this system to the Library of Congress system.

Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition
This site, maintained by Indiana University, focuses on research in the areas of concept formation, cognition, and computer modeling.

Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms
Developed by Jack Lynch at Rutgers University, this glossary is not exhaustive but does cover a good number of literary terms, such as signifier and signified.

Lepidoptera Classification
This site lists classes of tropical lepidoptera (butterflies); it is part of the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera website. While the classification is of interest mostly to butterfly enthusiasts, it is a good example of how classification operates, often in great detail, in real situations.

Exploring the Readings

Susan Brownmiller, "Femininity"
The authorís own site includes information on her books, other major topics she has written about (including rape and pornography), and a list of links she selected herself.

MIT Library Database for Womenís Studies
This searchable database includes press indexes, full texts of writings by women, and a directory of works in electronic journals.

Michael Norman, "Standing His Ground"
Menís Issues Page
The Menís Issues Page covers a wide range of menís issues (including parenting and relationships). There are also a number of links to related sites and resources.

This site offers articles on such little-covered topics as battered men and sexually abused men.

Maxim Online
This site is the companion to the print publication Maxim: The Magazine for Men. Topics include "sex, sports, beer, gadgets." Studying this site might be a good starting point for an essay on cultural assumptions about masculinity.

Sojourner Truth, "Ainít I a Woman?"
Sojourner Truth Home Page
This is the official Sojourner Truth home page with information on her life and times. Particularly useful is the Library link to related/recommended readings and speeches.

Carol Tarvis, "How Friendship Was ĎFeminizedí"
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Maintained through the American Psychological Association, this page serves as the home page for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Current as well as back-issue articles are available online.

Masculinity and Femininity: Societyís Difference Dividend
This site offers a critical exploration of ideas surrounding masculinity and femininity. Especially interesting is the study of the bestselling book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.

Frederick J. Strong, "What Is Religion?"
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
The OCRT home page has extensive information and links related to religious tolerance as well as to issues which often arise in debates over religion.

Jo Goodwin Parker, "What Is Poverty?"
Institute for Research on Poverty
Run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this site offers extensive research on poverty in the United States.

Center for Law and Social Policy
This organization aims to improve economic conditions and legal services for low-income families. You can download policy articles and reports as PDF files.