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Science vs. Pseudoscience: Debunking Fake Science News and Developing Scientific Literacy: The Scientific Research Process

This guide provides information about pseudoscience, as well as about the scientific research and publication process, reliable sources of scientific news, and tools for evaluating scientific information

How Science Works

Science checklist: How scientific is it? Focuses on the natural world. Aims to explain the natural world. Uses testable ideas. Relies on evidence. Involves the scientific community. Leads to ongoing research. Benefits from scientific behavior. For more information on how science really works, visit the Understand Science 101 website from UC Berkeley.

More on Pseudoscience and Scientific Literacy

The following video presents an SBCC Faculty Colloquium on Pseudoscience and Scientific Literacy that took place on April 5, 2017.

Primary and Secondary Research

The following video will help you to understand the differences between primary research and secondary research, and the ethical considerations associated with them (from off campus you will need to log in using your Pipeline username and password):

The Importance of Logical Reasoning

The following tutorial examines the elements of logical reasoning, including observation, gathering evidence, building an argument, and reaching a conclusion. Covers concepts such as inductive vs. deductive reasoning, hypotheses and theories, accurate and inaccurate premises, quality and interpretation of evidence, and bias. (from off campus you will need to log in using your Pipeline username and password):