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USD Information Literacy Lessons: Page 8

The broad focus of these lessons is understanding sources of information, including examples that can help you learn how to access information sources at USD. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific element of information competency.

Either/Or Fallacy

Either/Or Fallacy

The either/or fallacy occurs when a writer provides only two possible options for a given situation when there are actually a variety of possible options. Either/or reasoning is faulty because is erroneously simplifies a situation. Example of the either/or fallacy: "If you live in this country, you must learn English." The either/or fallacy here is implicit: "Immigrants have two options: They can either learn English or move back to where they came from." Actually, many American immigrants live and contribute to their communities without having learned English.


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