Answered By: Emily Dahlen
Last Updated: Apr 03, 2017     Views: 240

No, it is not required that you include outside sources in your doctoral writing assessment essay. Personal examples and explanations are appropriate evidence for this essay. An overuse of outside sources can overshadow the personal examples and explanations you provide in connection to the prompt and cause you to exceed the word limit. However, if you choose to paraphrase or quote outside material as evidence in your essay response, you should cite and reference that content to avoid plagiarism. You can learn more about how to appropriately cite and reference sources on the Writing Center’s website

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