Research, Composition, and Argument for a Digital Age

Research, Composition, and Argument for a Digital Age

This online, interactive text introduces and develops understanding of the research and writing process.

Subject Matter Experts:
Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde, M.A.
Katherine Greene, M.A.
Mary McGinnis, M.A.
Paul Ranieri, Ph.D.
Laura Romano, Ph.D.

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Lesson 1: The Importance of Research: An Overview
The Research Process – Research Methods – Sources – Data Analysis – Presentation

Lesson 2: Refining the Research Question
Selecting a Topic – Topic Strategies – Developing and Strengthening the Research Question

Lesson 3: Selecting Appropriate Research Methods
Primary and Secondary Resources – Print Research Tools – Online Research Tools – Field Research Tools – Bringing it All Together

Lesson 4: Understanding Data and Research Analysis
Defining and Describing the Nature of Data – Quantitative and Qualitative Data – Conscious Research Process

Lesson 5:  Presenting the Research Argument
Rhetorical Situation – Types of Presentations – Introduction Strategies – Organizational Strategies – Evolving the Presentation – Incorporating Sources

Lesson 6:  Composing Collaborative Research Projects
Communication – Group Voice – Collaboration and Cooperation – Planning – Leadership – Organization – Execution and Management

Lesson 7:  Style and Editing
Guidelines for Clear, Direct, Concise Style – Agent + Action – Improving Flow – Shape and Elegance – Style and Democracy


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Mamadou Djiguimde, MA


Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at Ball State University with an anticipated completion date of May 2017. His research interests include Bargaining Speech Genres, West African Formulaic Discourse, Oral Narratives, Multilingualism, Speech Accommodation Theory, Optimality Theory, and L1 Negative Transfer. His teaching interests include Writing Transfer, ESL Writing, Viral Literacy, and Video Production as Composition. As a Fulbright alum, Mr. Djiguimde's role as a cultural ambassador is a plus he brings into his classes to serve as a cultural educational resource in training "citizens of the world." See his curriculum vitae here.

Katherine Greene, MA


Katherine (Kat) Greene is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition with an anticipated completion date of May 2017. She holds master's degrees in Journalism and Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University. Her research interests center on students' self-efficacy in the first year writing course and how this translates in their writing performance. Greene is also interested in the bridges and gaps between creative writing and rhetoric and composition and the ways in which creative writing can be incorporated into a rhetoric and composition classroom. When asked about her teaching philosophy, Ms. Greene says: "I see my job as an opportunity to show students that writing is everywhere and that good writing doesn’t just happen. There are reasons they shared that meme on Facebook or Twitter. There are reasons students have that quote on their profile. There are reasons that they love that song. First-year composition students need to be aware that the language or messages they heard (or saw) are carefully crafted by authors." See her curriculum vitae here.

Mary McGinnis, MA


Mary McGinnis is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition with an anticipated completion date of May 2017. She holds a B.A. in English with minors in Creative Writing and Women's Studies and a M.A. in English & American Literature from Indiana State University. She also holds a M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University. She's interested in the use of transformative pedagogies and multimodal literacy in the composition classroom. Her research usually takes a gender studies/queer theory angle on self-identity and self-representation, especially in the online classroom. See her curriculum vitae here.

Paul Ranieri, PhD


Dr. Paul Ranieri has taught rhetoric and English Composition to students in higher education for more than 35 years. He describes his interests as centering on the role of thinking and language (the classic concept of logos) in teaching, learning and society. He says: "I have continued my interest in English education but have evolved, as well, special emphases on classical rhetoric, the teaching of liberal education, composition/honors pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching and learning." Dr. Ranieri received his PhD from the University of Texas – Austin and currently teaches at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. See his curriculum vitae here.

Laura Romano, PhD


Dr. Laura Romano teaches various composition and digital literacy courses, including focusing on ways of reading, analyzing, researching, and composing in emerging media. She states, "From our first class meeting, my goal is to impart my students an understanding that the work they do can be useful far beyond the classroom, and that even as undergraduates they can be part of work that acts as a catalyst for social change." Dr. Romano received her PhD from Ball State University and is currently an Assistant Professor of English there. See her curriculum vitae here.