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Essay definition
Definition is a rhetorical style that uses various techniques to impress upon the reader the meaning of a term, idea, or concept. Definition may be used for an entire essay but is often used as a rhetorical style within an essay that may mix rhetorical styles. For example, you may need to use definition in order to fully explain a concept before you make an argument about that concept.
A definition essay is structured around the goal of defining a term, concept, or idea. While you may start off with a simple dictionary definition, your essay will, ultimately, contain an extended definition. There are many techniques you can use to extend a definition in a definition essay (to be discussed further).

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Definition Essays can be challenging. The HCC Libraries Online Catalog (formerly known as LINCCWeb) has a new feature called Research Starters. This resource appears at the top of the results page 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 Research Starters. To access these links, please make sure you are logged into the HCC Libraries Online System.

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