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Strategies to avoid confirmation bias in your research

Confirmation Bias

Used with permission of Gumberg Library 

Used with permission of Gumberg Library 


"Confirmation bias, the tendency to process information by looking for information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs."

from: "Confirmation Bias" - Encyclopaedia Britannica 


When you research, ask yourself:

  1. How did I find these sources?
  2. Are all my sources from the same type of source?
  3. Do all my sources say the same thing?
    What might someone who disagrees with me say?


Research Tips

  • Always evaluate a source for validity
  • Try more than one search with multiple keywords
    • How might a search for "pro-choice" be different than "anti-abortion" or "pro-life"?
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