Use Your Resources


Below are suggestions for resources that are available at many colleges and the online resources that are available to everyone.


College catalog taking argument courses and critical thinking courses. Such courses will help you develop the ability to form logical arguments and avoid logical fallacies.
Student Activities Center joining a debate club or team.
Library finding resources for improving your critical thinking skills. For example, Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose (New York: Penguin Classics, 2006) is a reprint of the original teleplay, which was written in 1954 and made into a film in 1958. It is also available on DVD. The stirring courtroom drama pits twelve jurors against one another as they argue the outcome of a murder trial in which the defendant is a teenage boy. While critical thinking is needed to arrive at the truth, all the jurors except one use noncritical arguments to arrive at a guilty verdict. However, the analysis of that one holdout produces a remarkable change in their attitudes.


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ICYouSee Guide to Critical Thinking: finding a guide to critical thinking about what you see on the Web.
Google with critical thinking. Google “help with critical thinking” for some helpful resources like those available through the Foundation for Critical Thinking. Evaluate your search results using the skills you learned in this chapter.


What are some of your college's specific resources? Make a list of the unique resources available at your school. Have you taken advantage of any of them?