This research guide has been created for students taking ENGL 106 or other courses with a focus on Purdue discourse communities or Purdue organizations. Check out the tabs near the top of the page for links to resources that may be useful for completing assignments.
Since most of the organizations or communities at Purdue are local organizations or relatively small communities, you may have to use local sources to uncover information about them, and depending upon their size and composition, there may not be a great deal of formal information available about them.
One of the best ways to find information may be to contact someone from the organization or discourse community and simply ask for more information. There may well be private mailing lists, listservs, or webpages for the organization that will provide information on goals, context, structure, etc. Be sure to ask a member of the organization/community about how information is communicated amongst members.
If you cannot find enough information on the local community or organization for your needs, even after consulting a member, consider broadening your topic to include the history, purpose, and structure of that type of organization or community nationally or at other universities.