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3.2: Check your Bias

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  • Remove bias

    Avoid any words which may imply a bias in the results: negative, positive, good, bad, benefits, harms, effects, and so on. Remember, you are searching for a balanced treatment of the question, and including biased or leading terms could skew the results of your search.

    Consider what would happen if you included the term “anti-vaxxer” in your search. You would most likely end up on websites with inaccurate information.

     

    ACTIVITY: Focus on the keywords of a research question

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