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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.)

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