Answered By: Lora Cowell
Last Updated: May 02, 2017     Views: 5

Rather than WHY or WHY NOT, I'll tell you how and when to use resources that present opinion.

It's difficult to find unbiased sources, particularly about controversial topics still in the news.  This does not mean that we should never examine sources we suspect contain bias. The key is to look at the same information from a variety of perspectives (opposing viewpoints) and weight the arguments based on how well the author used fact to back up their opinions.

  • When you are writing about the information, present it as opinion (i.e. "according to Smith"
  • When you're writing an annotation, note the possible bias in the source and why you felt the information was still valuable.  

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