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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.

Student Pre-Work

Watch the video below.

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Analyzing Multiple Discourses on a Topic

If your assignment focuses on a discourse around a topic or issue and you will be essentailly comparing multiple discourses, please watch the video below. It will provide an explanation of the focus of this assignment, tips on finding sources, and suggestions on analyzing the  sources you find.

Clickable bookmarks to take you to the "chapters" of this video (total duration: 20 min. 25 sec.)

Introduction (27 sec.)

Purpose of the multiple discourses analysis (36 sec.)

Choosing a topic for this project (1 min. 50 sec.)

The focus of your analysis (1 min. 18 sec.)

Finding your sources: brainstorming and focused search (2 min. 43 sec.)

Social media as sources (1 min. 14 sec.)

Broad searching: Google (30 sec.)

Using news articles (1 min. 46 sec.)

Broad searching: Summon (2 min. 40 sec.)

Finding texts in disciplines (3 min. 13 sec.)

How do I look at the sources? (50 sec.)

What do I do with my research? (1 min. 4 sec.)

Putting it all together (44 sec.)

Helpful resources (1 min. 30 sec.)


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