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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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Discourse Community Analysis/Ethnography

If your assignment focuses on a single discourse community, 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: 15 min. 56 sec.)

Introduction (27 sec.)

Purpose of a discourse community analysis (34 sec.)

Choosing a discourse community (3 min. 5 sec.)

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

Finding your sources: brainstorming (41 sec.)

Finding primary texts (1 min. 57 sec.)

Professional websites (1 min. 46 sec.)

Social media sites (1 min. 10 sec.)

Primary research (50 sec.)

Secondary research (41 sec.)

Working with your sources (1 min. 12 sec.)

Putting it all together (59 sec.)

Helpful resources (1 min. 16 sec.)


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