Answered By: Veronica Bielat
Last Updated: May 18, 2020     Views: 6

A discourse community is a group of people who share a set of discourses, understood as basic values and assumptions, and ways of communicating about those goals. Linguist John Swales defined discourse communities as "groups that have goals or purposes, and use communication to achieve these goals."

To begin your research on the communicative practices for your discourse community, please review the Researching Discourse Communities videos and resources on the ENG3010 Researching Discourse Communities LibGuide page (you can also find these videos in your Canvas course site.) The questions outlined in Project 1: Personal Research Guide Assignment are addressed in these videos and resources.

Additional support for answering questions and finding information, like finding scholarly journals for your discourse community, can be found on the ENG3010 Research Guide main page 

If you still have questions, please try our 24x7 Chat help, or contact the Subject Specialist Librarian for your discourse community. 

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