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Getting Started with Research

Perspectives in Research

Bias is an inevitable part of being human. Beliefs and values don't disappear as soon as we need to write a paper or give a speech or make a decision about something. Rather than seek to eliminate bias in our writing or in the sources we use, it's better to find ways of acknowledging our own bias and including information from a wide variety of people who have diverse experiences, perspectives, and biases. 

The following activity will help you learn how to question the perspectives of the authors of your sources, add additional perspectives to your research, and become cognizant of your bias. You'll learn about who scholars are, which types of scholars tend to be found in the primarily US and European journals available at most US institutions, and how to include voices that differ from those that dominate mainstream US academia.

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