This section gives hints how to carry out your own study. Foremost, it is meant to be a guide for students. Experienced researchers might be better served with the tutorials on tools and resources available in Discourse Lab.
If you have some experience in academic writing you will see that discourse analysis is not so different from what you have already done. One of the differences might be the use of corpora and the tools necessary to build and/or analyze them.
As in all academic research, there are a number of tasks you need to fulfill in order to complete your study. The most important ones are:
1. Decide on a research interest.
2. Build (or find) a corpus.
3. Analyse the corpus.
4. Interpret your findings.
Of course, you need to write it all down at some point as well.