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Discourse Community: How to Begin Discourse Community Research

This guide was created to provide research support to students enrolled in Professor Pigliacelli's ENG 2 004.

Starting your Research

There are any number of good places to begin your community research. Generally speaking, where you start depends upon a number of factors including: the community you have selected to work with, their overall purpose, and/or their general location.

Places you might begin looking online for information on your community might include:

  1. The public library website in the county or city where your community resides.
  2. Online communities including: public social networks (or social communities) and support/advocate communities.
  3. Agency or associations websites
  4. Local government, county, or state websites
  5. Newspaper websites - particularly local news websites
  6. Local colleges websites and online digital collections related to your community (LOC Digital Collections)


Researching your Community

When researching your community consider the following sources for information about your group:

  1. Libraries/Archives/Historical Associations/Digital Repositories
  2. Interviews with members of your community - Reach out to trade or professional associations, join listservs, attend conferences, join (follow them) on social media
  3. Media - Newspapers, radio, and television outlets
  4. Government agencies, schools and colleges and their websites
  5. Churches - interview religious leaders ask about archives