Finding Your Discourse Community

How can you go about finding your field’s discourse community? Locating and reading journals is one way, but other fields also publish their findings through professional organizations. Listed below are some organizations arranged according to discipline that publish credible research. Use a search engine to locate and explore the websites for these organizations.

Accountancy, Finance, and Business

  • American Institute of CPA
  • The Association of Accounts and Financial Professionals in Business
  • National Society of Accountants

Communication Sciences & Disorders

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Criminal Justice

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Justice Research and Statistics Association
  • National Institute of Corrections
  • Southwest Association of Criminal Justice

Dietetics and Nutrition

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • School Nutrition Association

Elementary Education

  • American Federation of Teachers
  • National Education Association
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

Exercise Science/Sports Medicine

  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Recreation, Fitness, and Dance
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Council on Exercise
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Wellness Council of America


  • American Journalism Historians Association
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Association for Journalism Education

Social Work

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)