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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.


Virtual Research Refresher Workshop

Virtual Research Refresher Workshops

These online interactive sessions will be led by a librarian. Please review workshop outcomes and preparation below. 

Fall 2022 Workshops

Part 1: Research Refresher (Topics and Searching)

  • Wed Sept 14, 2022    10:00-11:00am     Zoom     Link to Register 
  • Tue  Sept 20, 2022    4:00-5:00pm         Zoom     Link to Register 
  • workshop will be repeated; students need only attend one
    • Outcomes: This hands-on session will cover how to develop research topics, identify keywords, and search for scholarly articles in library databases
    • Preparation:  Students should come to the workshop with a topic idea in mind

Part 2: Research Refresher (Reading and Evaluating Sources)

  • Wed, Oct 12, 2022  10:00-11:00am   Zoom     Link to Register 
  • Tue, Oct 18, 2022   4:00-5:00pm      Zoom     Link to Register 
  • workshop will be repeated; students need only attend one
    • Outcomes: This interactive session will go over strategies for efficiently evaluating and reading a scholarly article. This will be particularly helpful to students completing annotated bibliographies.
    • Preparation: Students should bring one potential source for their papers to the workshop.

Workshop Details

  • Sessions will last one hour. The sessions are identical, so you only need to attend one.
  • Registration is required and  is automatically approved. You can register and/or cancel registration up until the workshop starts.
  • Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to make sure your audio is set up. You will not need a camera or microphone, but you will need to have speakers or headphones to hear.
  • The workshop will be most beneficial using a laptop or computer (tablets and phones may make it more difficult to engage in some of the research activities).
  •  Attendance will be taken and lists sent to instructors after each workshop. Students will also complete a digital worksheet they can send to instructors as proof of attendance.

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