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Evaluation: Evaluate Sources

Guidance on evaluating the information you find before you use it.

Don't Get Fooled Again! Evaluate Your Sources.

Get Your FACTS Straight

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According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of the word "fact" is: a piece of information presented as having objective reality.  A fact is a piece of information that is independently verifiable; if we both count the same pile of pennies, we should each have the same total.  Facts are facts.

Bias and Logical Fallacies

Bias referes to a tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others, which usually results in treating some people unfairly.  When evaluating sources, it is important to look for and recognize bias so as not to confuse a writer's opinion with facts.  It is equally important to be aware of your own biases so that you don't discount credible sources just because they differ from your opinions.

Fallacies are arguments that comes to a conclusion without evidence to support them, and they come in many varieties.