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English Composition 2089: Researching Discourse

This guide provides resources for researching discourse communities and the documents, videos, reports, images and other materials they create.

Welcome to "English 2089: Researching Discourse Guide"

In English 2089, you are learning how discourse communities function to communicate internally and with others, and how/why writers use particular genres.

This guide provides some instruction on important course concepts and research assignments; offers useful tips on finding appropriate and diverse sources, analyzing these sources rhetorically, and citing them correctly; and lists resources for creating multimedia texts.

What's In This Guide:

Introduction: definitions and examples of discourse, discourse analysis, and discourse communities

Discourse Community Analysis/Ethnography: video on analyzing a discourse community

Analyzing Multiple Discourses: video on analyzing discourse around a topic or issue

How Do I Find Different Genres?: links and tips for finding various types of texts; examples of genres produced by a discourse community

How Do I Find Images and Media?: links to databases and free resources

Citing Your Sources: redirect to the guide covering a variety of sources

Resources for Special Topics: guides covering selected special topics, including campus life and Cincinnati issues/events

Creating Content Using Multimedia Genres: links to tools you might use for creating multimedia content (infographics, presentations, videos, etc.)

Your Librarians

If you need any assistance throughout the research process, contact one of the English Composition Librarians:

Olga Hart

Phone: (513) 556-1850

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Erin Rinto

Phone: (513) 556-4035

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Debbie Tenofsky

Phone: (513) 556-1888

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Debbie Tenofsky


Michael Alfieri 

Phone: (513) 556-1852

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