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Non-fiction writing should contain facts but two writers may have different points of view (bias). They will write about the same facts but in different ways. For example, they might agree what day something happened but disagree about why it happened.

Non-fiction (factual) writing includes newspaper articles and reference books.

Information in a well-known encyclopaedia is more likely to be correct than something you've found on someone's home-made website. Just because something's written down doesn't mean it's true!

Ask other people if they think a particular writer, book or website can be trusted and compare several different writers' opinions and facts.

Scanning for information

When reading non-fiction, it's often useful to scan pages quickly to look for a particular piece of information. Read chapter titles, headings and look for pictures and other clues. This will help you get to what you need quickly, without having to read the whole book.

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