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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.

Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary sources are those created by the discourse community by those involved or with first-hand knowledge of and association with the discourse community. Examples of texts produced by a community may include traditional sources such as articles, books, Web pages, and films, but could also include artifacts such as bumper stickers, signs, photographs, brochures, and posters (Lisa Beckelhimer).

Secondary sources are written by outsiders and include articles, books, and Web pages.

The sources you analyze will depend on the discourse community you choose.

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