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How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

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Which of the following is an example of a primary source?

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1. Rebecca is writing a research paper on the topic of cyber terrorism. She had to use both primary and secondary sources to back up her opinion. To develop her thesis she contacted a high-ranking local FBI agent who agreed to provide her with an interview. She also conducted a survey of her college to oversee their opinion on the topic. Lastly, in a Q&A session, she managed to obtain a comment from the deputy head of the NSA. These are all of the sources she used. Why is her paper incomplete?

2. Where is the information found on the demographics of participants in a study?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo can help you determine what a source is and why it is used when writing essays. You will be quizzed on terms, such as primary source and secondary source.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools make sure you understand:

  • Secondary sources
  • Primary sources
  • Giving credit to the sources you use
  • The part of a study that gives you info about participants

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - use relevant concepts to examine information about what to do when two sources don't agree
  • Interpreting information-verify that you can read information regarding what giving credit to your sources means and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding primary sources

Additional Learning

Examine the lesson titled How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence to get a better grasp of the topic and accomplish these objectives:

  • Compare and contrast primary sources and secondary sources
  • Define sources
  • Evaluate evidence from a source
  • Determine which sources to use in different situations
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