WRIT 200: Fact Sheet
Due: December 8 by
What is a fact sheet?
A fact sheet
is a concise yet detailed document, designed to be as reader-friendly as
possible. The purpose and intended audience for fact sheets may vary, but one
thing they have in common is they seek to inform the audience and focus on a
As with any
workplace documents, you always need to keep your intended audience and purpose
in mind as you research, outline and write your fact sheet. Everything—from its
layout and design, to the information you include—will depend upon your
audience and purpose.
Organization and Design
include visual and design elements that engage the reader’s interest and make
it easier for them to read and understand the information.
sheet should feature design elements like
in parallel form,
or coloured font,
appropriate use of white space.
Incorporating Research Into Your
sheet represents the culmination of your research into your chosen workplace
issue. The information you present should be drawn from at least five credible
and relevant sources. This means that your sources should provide a depth and
breadth of information, include a reference list or credible hyperlinks, and
should not be fact sheets themselves. This assures the reader that the
information you provide is current, accurate, and authoritative.
they draw on research sources, fact sheets do not quote these sources directly.
Instead, they are written using summary and paraphrasing. In other words, they
present ideas from the research sources, using original wording and sentence
every time you include facts and information from your research sources, you
need to cite the source using APA methods.
APA Citations and References List
sheet must include appropriately formatted in-text citations and references in
to the APA materials and resources linked to on Blackboard under “Learning
that Fact Sheets that do not provide an in-text citation for each fact, idea
or piece of information taken from a secondary source will not receive a
of your fact sheet should reflect your purpose and speak to your intended
audience. Please refer to your initial research questions (Process Portfolio 13)
and the headings you generated in your Progress Report to organize your
information. Consider what your audience already knows and what they need to
know in order to understand your fact sheet and for it to achieve its purpose.
As a general rule, 5-8 headings are appropriate for a fact sheet of this
Style and Tone
sheet should demonstrate the principles of professional style and tone; aim for
writing that is conversational, clear and concise. To review these principles, please see Module
2 under “Learning Materials.”
sheet should be 2-3 pages, including the References list.
● Upload a draft your fact
sheet to Blackboard, under “Assignments” in advance of the due date
● Use SafeAssign’s
“Originality Check” to review your fact sheet for unoriginal paraphrase or lack
of proper citation. If there are problems with originality or citations,
correct these and resubmit to Blackboard.
● Attach a cover sheet that
○ workplace issue
○ intended audience