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Speech Resources Research Guide

Use this guide to find UNO library resources and other helpful research tools.

Detecting Bias

As you do research you should always be alert for bias (prejudices or preconceived notions that may color the author's arguments). Follow these guidelines to detect bias:

Author information -- What does the author tell you about herself? Is she a member of an advocacy group? Is she linked to a business or political organization?

Language -- Does the author use pejorative terms? Does he use hyperbole? Or does he present facts without strong language?

Evidence -- Does the author cherry pick facts? Look for omissions in the data, for example showing research from 2006 and 2010, but skipping the intervening years. Is the coverage in-depth or does it only cover one side of the issue?

Images -- If there are images what do they depict? For example a peaceful protest vs. an angry mob.

Source: Kirszner, L. G. & Mandell, S. R. (2014). Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Magazines and News

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