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Critical Thinking

The Thinking and Recall Series is an interactive critical thinking exercise. The site helps you choose a topic and then create a rough outline using critical thinking skills.

Critical Thinking Definition, Instruction, and Assessment: A Rigorous Approach

This website asks what critical thinking is, how to teach it, and how it can be assessed. The site also provides links to outside resources to further explain critical thinking.


Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts

This is a pdf download that takes an in-depth look at critical thinking. The author includes a table of questions that will improve critical thinking skills, and another table describing each of those skills.


Critical Thinking: Where to Begin

The Critical Thinking Community’s “Where to Begin” page is broken down into different topics on critical thinking. These topics include a definition of critical thinking, a description of why critical thinking is important, and an explanation of the different dimensions of critical thinking.


Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Deductive and Inductive Arguments

The IEP Arguments page starts by defining both deductive and inductive reasoning. Brief examples of both strong and weak arguments are given for each type of reasoning, and then more lengthy examples of each can be found at the end of the article.


Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Fallacies

This IEP page gives an in-depth introduction to fallacies, explaining what they are and how to classify them. The site then lists each fallacy with a definition and an example.


Logical Fallacies Handlist

Logical Fallacies Handlist is a website that is dedicated to a specific group of fallacies. The site gives definitions and examples of fallacies of omission, ambiguity and relevance, and component fallacies.


The Nizkor Project: Fallacies

The Nizkor Project is a collection of links that lead to explanations and examples of each kind of fallacy. The website also talks about the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning.



Reasoning, by Rick Garlikov, is an essay that describes his view on reasoning and logic. Garlikov explains his parameters for reasoning, and gives a detailed example of a solid argument.


The Writing Center: Fallacies

This UNC page is about the many fallacies that threaten to make your argument less valid. The page starts by discussing arguments, premises and conclusions. It then talks about what fallacies are and how to spot them in your own arguments.


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