Writing An Effective Conclusion

Identifying Bias

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The Independent Research Workflow asks you to find an author’s bias when you annotate the articles you research individually.

Bias occurs when an author pushes a particular point of view in a one-sided way. It can occur even if an author is essentially correct, but hasn’t carefully considered all sides. There is usually an element of bias in most argument writing because an author’s main goal is to persuade. So your job, as an astute reader, is to identify moments at which an author is exhibiting bias so you can consider the arguments with impartial logic.

  • Review “What Maslow Misses” and “Turn on, Log in, Wise up” and add at least two annotations to each that identify a moment in which the author seems to exhibit bias.
  • Identify what information or perspective the author has ignored or unfairly pushed aside in order to make a more persuasive argument.
  • If you have time, also write sample bias statements for these two articles according to the directions in No. 4 of the Independent Research Workflow.

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