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Link # 7:  CRITICAL READING RESOURCES  

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A Skeptics Dictionary @ http://skepdic.com

Robert T. Carol, author of Becoming a Critical Thinker, maintains this interesting site filled with critical thinking resources and essays. The site includes "over 338 skeptical definitions and essays on occult, paranormal, supernatural and pseudoscientific ideas and practices with references to the best skeptical literature."

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Constructing Meaning @http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/7420/rdg3.html

Topics within this comprehensive site include:
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Critical Reading through Literature

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Promoting Critical Thinking in the Classroom

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Critical Thinking Core Concepts

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Critical Thinking Explained by Topical Areas

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Bloom's Taxonomy and Critical Thinking

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Critical Reading of Articles with Comments

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Six Steps to Critically Analyzing an Essay

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Seven Critical Reading Strategies

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A Brief History of Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking Basic Questions and Answers

 

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Critical Thinking Core Concepts @ http://www.kcmetro.cc.mo.us/Longview/ctac/corenotes.htm

Longview Community College Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum Project publishes this introduction to critical thinking and reading core concepts. The paper includes a history of logic, a discussion of the purpose of studying critical thinking, and a review of the language and vocabulary of logic.

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Critical Thinking, What it is and Why it Counts @ http://www.calpress.com/critical.html

This report by Peter Facione of Santa Clara University attempts to develop a concise definition of "Critical Thinking."  The following core cognitive critical thinking skills, which interact recursively, are identified and discussed:

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Analysis
2.  Inference
3.  Explanation
4.  Evaluation
5.  Self-Regulation
6.  Interpretation

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C-Think…Center for Critical Thinking CSU Sonoma @ http://www.criticalthinking.org/University/default.html

The Center for Critical Thinking @ Sonoma University Library includes three strands:

1.  Library - houses a collection of Critical Thinking articles focused on the background and theory of critical thinking.

2.  Resources - contains guidelines and lessons for integrating critical thinking into the curriculum.

3.  Events - offers information on critical thinking seminars, academies, in-services, and summer conferences.

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How To Critically Analyze Information @ http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/research/skill26.htm

Cornell University Library, Reference Services Division publishes this overview of how to critically analyze information sources.  Their analysis consists of two main parts, each containing five subsections:

1.  Initial Appraisal 

    
a.  Author Credentials
     b.  Date of Publication
     c.  Edition or Revision
     d.  Publisher
     e.  Title of Journal

2.  Content Analysis

     a.  Intended Audience
     b.  Objective Reasoning
     c.  Coverage
     d.  Writing Style
     e.  Evaluative Reviews

 

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Mission Critical…San Jose State University Critical Thinking Web Page @ http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/itl/index.html

Mission Critical is an interactive tutorial for critical thinking, in which the reader is introduced to basic concepts through sets of instructions and exercises. Through immediate reinforcement of right and wrong answers to a series of increasingly complex exercises, the reader begins to utilize the essential tools of intellectual analysis.


           

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