Munzenmaier • Hamilton College • Urbandale, IA
What Is an Informed Opinion?
Who would you trust?
• an ad claiming that cheap shampoos work as well as expensive brands
• a CBS news story
• the "Cosmetics Cop"
An informed opinion is based on knowledge of the facts and carefully considered principles. It relies on evidence instead of limited personal experience.
When you choose sources for your papers, you will generally want an informed opinion from a professional source.
If a reporter summarizes a study or quotes an expert, try to find the original source. Generally the original source is considered the most reliable: it's the most complete and you can judge the evidence for yourself.
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