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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 This link opens in a new window
Provides full text of popular magazines covering general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural topics.
New York Times (1980 - current) This link opens in a new window
Find articles in the New York Times related to the issues and events in your editorial cartoon.
Newspaper Source This link opens in a new window
Cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Star.
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 This link opens in a new window
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.
SIRS Issues Researcher This link opens in a new window
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