When reading or writing a factual article or essay, it is important to have some expert citations to add credibility to the information. Without these, the material might read like a fictional story. It must be pointed out that especially when the reading material is of an argumentative or controversial nature, citations play an even more important role. However, even the expert’s opinions can vary from topic to topic. Even in true life drama, a story can seem like fiction if it is not reported well. Take for instance, crimes of passion. These definitely can appear to be made up stories, but when the detectives provide the evidence and crime scene photographs, it becomes all too clear that the crime was indeed perpetrated and as horrific and unreal as it may seem, it actually happened. The details are all there and can be cited.
Another example would be politics. Who knows when someone is really telling the truth? These characters have great ways of covering up the truth/scandalous information. Sometimes it takes years of investigation, but eventually the truth of matters comes creeping out of the woodwork. This is the time any investigation has to have the most accurate and reliable resources that are verifiable.
On the other hand, an opinionated writing may or may not provide expert opinions. After all, it is only an opinion. You can argue your point and make some pretty good efforts at providing citable material to coincide with your opinion, but it is still just that – an opinion. You may or may not be successful in persuading someone to stand behind your belief(s) after reading your article. It’s their choice. It’s better to stand up for what you believe in than to idly sit by and let the world pass you by.
It is important to do your research whatever you are writing about. If you don’t, you run the risk of writing something that is untrue and could hurt someone, defame someone’s character, cause yourself to become involved in a...
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