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Biases in the Research Process

As you are researching, you are most likely to run into documents that might sway both ways. You are more likely to use information that supports your thesis and maybe not use the others that don't.

1. When you do this, is it considered bias on your part as a writer and therefore discounts everything else in your paper?
2. Where in your paper might you address other major research that contradicts your thesis?

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1 - As you are researching, you are most likely to run into documents that might sway both ways. You are more likely to use information that supports your thesis and maybe not use the others that don't. When you do this, is it considered bias on your part as a writer and therefore discounts everything else in your paper?

If you only present information that supports your point of view, yes, that demonstrates bias. It is not so much that it discounts everything else in your paper. But it is more that your argument has holes in it so to speak because you did not consider every perspective. So basically a person who has a different opinion than you do could really rip your paper appart because of its one-sidedness.

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Solution Summary

What is writer's bias and how does it affect academic research and writing?

This solution helps students understand the implications of bias in academic research and writing, and presents a sample approach to avoid or at least minimize bias.

If you only present information that supports your point of view, yes, that demonstrates bias. It is not so much that it discounts everything else in your paper. But it is more that your argument has holes in it so to speak because you did not consider every perspective.

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