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Think Tanks: Foundations and Research Institutes : Evaluate Information from Think Tanks

Often referred to as public policy or research institutes, think tanks can be a good source for research on various topics, addressing real-world problems or concrete public policy issues.

Evaluating Content from Think Tanks

The screenshots below encourage readers to consider word choice and tone when evaluating think tank content for political and ideological biases. The credibility of its authors may also be examined, by searching for biographical information within individual think tank websites. To help you evaluate think tanks more critically refer to the box, Analysis of Think Tanks, located on the Introduction page of this guide.

 

Examine Word Choice

Examine Author Credentials

Image of a page from the Center for Global Development that helps the user identify information about the authors of various research projects.