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Research Skills for First-Year Seminars (FSEMs)

Confirmation Bias

When selecting your sources, you should always be aware of confirmation bias.

Confirmation bias is the human tendency to find and utilize certain information because it confirms or supports your pre-existing ideas and beliefs.  Part of being a good student researcher is attempting to explore all points of view and challenging your pre-existing thoughts and opinions. 

Here are 5 easy ways to stay mindful of confirmation bias.