Fact-Checking Tip

When fact-checking (fiction or nonfiction, your document or someone else’s), watch out for restrictive words: always, every, never, only. Inevitably, there will be an outlier.

For example, did you know:

The best thing you can be as a fact-checker is skeptical. If something doesn’t sound quite right, research it using scientific sources (i.e., not Wikipedia), and if you need to make a change to someone else’s document, cite the source(s).

Quick Tips: Obtain vs. Attain

1. Obtain: to gain possession of something physical

Example: I obtained a ticket to the weekend basketball game.

2. Attain: to achieve, to accomplish

Example: I attained my goal of completing the marathon.