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USE BIAS-FREE INFORMATION
When you are writing a research paper, your task is to present a factual document that comes as close as possible to examining facts and data in a straightforward and unbiased manner.
What is Bias?
Bias, prejudice means a strong inclination of the mind or a preconceived opinion about something or someone. A bias may be favorable or unfavorable: bias in favor of or against an idea.
What is Confirmational Bias?
When you search for, interpret, or select only information that confirms your own personal beliefs. To avoid this, ask yourself these questions:
● What do I think I know about this topic?
● What do I believe about this topic?
● Do my search terms show bias?
● Is it possible my beliefs could be wrong?
What is Author Bias?
Author bias is when an author creates, falsifies, or dishonestly cites evidence to convince you to believe something. To avoid this, ask yourself these questions (particularly in regard to websites):
● What is the author’s purpose?
● Who might benefit from this message?
● What is being left out?
● Can this message be confirmed on other reputable sites?
Sites that check for factual information on the web include:
READ LATERALLY - EVALUATE INFORMATION LIKE A PRO
Don't spend time on one website until you check out other websites.
Open multiple tabs and read to piece together information.
- Check to see what authorative sources have to say about the site or author of the site
- Verify information by scanning and reading sites
- Verify and evaluate the pages that the site links to
Fact check using the MNHS Databases
Adapted from: KCurrieSmith