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Run-On Sentences

Run-on sentences occur when writers try to combine more than one idea into a single sentence. They cause confusion because readers are not sure when one idea ends and the next one begins. Read our entry and test your knowledge with our quiz!

Primary and Secondary Sources

When researching and writing about an issue, you can use either primary or secondary sources. 

Primary sources are actual documents that were created at the time of the event you are researching.

Examples: original historical documents, novels, diaries, paintings

Secondary sources are documents that interpret and analyze primary sources, created after the event you are studying has occured. 

Examples: textbooks, articles, encyclopedias

It can be important to include both types of sources in scholarly writing. Primary sources generally offer a more authentic or genuine perspective on an event, and often allow you to provide your own interpretation. Secondary sources can be easier to find, and often provide valuable background information that primary sources sometimes lack.