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Rhetorical Analysis Paper
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- Choose a cartoon, or a series of cartoons on the same subject
- Conduct a rhetorical analysis of how the cartoon makes its case
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the cartoon
- Background research on subject (at least one source)
- Use at least 1 source from a periodical or newspaper, or a credible website (.edu or .gov).
- Include a copy of your image.
- Position image for best rhetorical effect
- Include a caption for each image that include:
- a figure number
- a title or description of the image
- the complete source
- 2-3 pages
- Extra MLA Works Cited page
Finding background information
MasterFILE Premier (popular magazines)
Provides full text of popular magazines covering general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural topics.
New York Times : 1980 - Present
Find articles in the New York Times related to the issues and events in your editorial cartoon.
Newspaper Source provides full text for 185 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc.
New York Times (1851-2007)
From Cleveland Public Library. Find articles going back to 1851, if you are choosing to analyze a historical cartoon. **You will need a CPL library card.**
Google Advanced Search
Limit your Google search to .edu or .gov websites by including these terms in "site or domain:". You can also use this search feature by adding "site:gov" or "site:edu" at the end of your regular searches in the Google search bar.
Points of View Reference Center
Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, Points of View Reference Center includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books.
Social Issues Researcher (SIRS)
Pros and cons on today’s complex social issues. Includes critical current issues and enduring social issues with full-text articles, multimedia, primary sources, government documents and reference material from over 1,800 national and international sources.
Finding Cartoons in books
Finding Cartoons - Current
Finding Cartoons - Historical