Vetting Sources and Source Comparison for Research

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Introduction Vetting Sources - The modern age has brought a number of new issues to light in terms of knowledge and information. The Internet, SmartPhones, and technology have increased the ability for information to be both processed and disseminated. However, this is challenging because it requires that the information be vetted, and that individuals can critically analyze sourcing and context. When we examine sources, though, we need to take into account the vetting (bias, purpose, etc.) but also the robustness and quality of the sources. The core aspect of this trend in analyzing information is to use critical thinking skills to process information. In general, the basic aspect of critical thinking is to analyze the source material and decide upon its veracity and relevance. For example, not everything posted on the Internet is true; one must read to establish the sources of the material. A critical thinker also uses other senses to establish their opinion of the stimuli, be that visual, audible, or even body-language (in the case of speech, etc.). Using critical thinking to process information requires that you not only analyze the source material "critically," but that you think about the opinions and views being presented. Certainly, it is not as easy to read, write, and process critically, one has to think about what one says, how one says it, and whether the arguments are made to buttress the argument, but the idea of critical thinking is a great stimulation to

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