How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing


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Jane is writing an essay for her English 101 course. She has a lot of arguments in mind and she is trying to select which sources she should use. Which of the following would be the MOST reputable source?

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1. Which of the following areas is the last step in your writing process?

2. Which of the following is an important step to remember when using the new-found knowledge from your reference material?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo gauge your understanding of using reference material in your writing. You will be quizzed on the types of references you can use and the steps in the writing process.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Types of reference materials
  • The difference between primary and secondary sources
  • The hierarchy of references
  • Four steps of the writing process

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on using reference material in writing
  • Critical thinking - apply your understanding about types of reference material to find the best sources for your writing
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast primary and secondary sources
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about using reference materials in writing

Additional Learning

To learn more about researching and using reference material, review the corresponding lesson on Using Reference Material in Your Writing. This lesson will help you:

  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources
  • Understand the four steps of the writing process
  • Determine the best source material to use in your writing