Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 2.4. Sources

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



Definitions (formal)

Sources are the origins of content (e.g., data, information and knowledge) that the writer uses to inform their own ideas.

Definition (informal)

Sources: Where did you find that?


For example, the Persuasive Essay Example sources a journal article (i.e., Bouchard, 2004) for a statistic on the hereditary of intelligence and a textbook (i.e., Churchill et al., 2010) for an idea about neurological development and nature and nurture.

Searching for quality sources

The Education Guide contains links to databases* like ERIC and Informit A+ Education and other resources that are best suited to  undertaking education research.

*  Databases are searchable repositories of scholarly information sources such as journal articles and eBooks.

Google Scholar is a useful search tool for finding relevant and authoritative sources to support your writing.

Google Scholar Search

Resources (textbooks)

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

Resources (web)

Click on the links to access online resources to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

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