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Using sources

At UWA most assignments require you to refer to a range of sources so it's essential that you keep a record of all your sources and reference them properly.  Remember to reference all ideas, images and data that aren't your own original ideas.

The excerpt below comes from an original text by Brundrett (2011). Read this paragraph and keep it in mind as you work through each of the five multiple choice questions.

Original text: Wheatbelt orchids declared rare flora in Western Australia, which are listed as Critically Endangered and restricted to one or a few known habitats, have been selected as highest priorities for actions (see Table 1). The main threats to these orchids result from the scarcity and fragmentation of suitable new habitats and the impacts of factors such as weeds, herbivory, infrequent pollination, salinity, drought, and fire on existing habitats.

Reference: Brundrett M. 2011a. Wheatbelt Orchid Rescue Project Final Report 1. Objectives, Outcomes and Overall Conclusions. Wheatbelt Orchid Rescue Project, University of Western Australia.

Have these students used this source correctly?

Student's text: The main threats to rare orchids in WA's wheatbelt are the lack of suitable new habitats and the impact of factors such as salinity, weeds, fire and drought on existing habitats (Brundrett, 2011a).

  1. Yes
  2. No

Student's text: Salinity, weeds, drought and fire pose a strong threat to rare wheatbelt orchids in WA.

  1. Yes
  2. No

Student's text: According to Brundrett (2011a), rare orchids in WA's wheatbelt are threatened by a range of environmental factors. He lists grazing, weeds, salinity, drought and fire as major threats.  

  1. Yes
  2. No

Student's text: Brundrett's report outlines the factors affecting some of WA's critically endangered flora, suggesting that "the main threats to these [wheatbelt] orchids result from the scarcity and fragmentation of suitable new habitats" (2011a, p.113).

  1. Yes
  2. No

Student's text: Critically endangered flora, such as rare orchids in WA's wheatbelt, face multiple threats (Brundrett, 2011a).

  1. Yes
  2. No