Lesson 8 Evaluating Facts

You learned how to differentiate between accurate, objective information, and that which is false and/or biased. In order to trust the source of any information, you need to check out the author's credentials, documentation of sources, quality of sources (are they balanced and reputable?), and the opinion of others about the source. This is especially important when doing research on the Internet, where just about anyone can publish anything and make it appear legitimate. Find out who wrote the page, judge the accuracy and sources of the content, and check the date of the site as well as its links. Remember, a fact is something that is known, and an opinion is something believed.

Be Careful!

Do not believe everything you read on the Internet! Use critical thinking skills to evaluate websites and determine whether they are legitimate, or bogus.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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