Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 2.4.1. Relevance

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Relevance describes the strength of connection between content from a source and the purpose of the writing.  

Definition (informal)

Relevance: What's that got to do with it?


For example, the Persuasive Essay Example uses a journal article (i.e., Bouchard, 2004) that has relevance to the purpose of the writing because it includes evidence for genetic influences on intelligence which relates to the influence of nature.

Resources (textbook)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

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