Answered By: Coleen Neary
Last Updated: Oct 23, 2022     Views: 36

Locating fallacies using library resources may require more understanding of the concept, here is a definition from Credo Reference

From the Latin fallacia (“deceit,” “trick,” or “fraud”), this term means bad or faulty reasoning, and is often also called non sequitur, a Latin phrase meaning “it does not follow,” and, less often, paralogism, from the Greek para (“beside”) and logos (“reason”). With a narrower focus on the use of argument for the purpose of refutation, i.e. to prove opposed views wrong, a fallacy is sometimes also called a sophistic refutation or an apparent refutation.

From:  fallacy. (2001). In A. P. Iannone, Dictionary of world philosophy. Routledge. Credo Reference.

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Find resources using the library search  (below are searches and if prompted to sign in, use your credentials)


(Ad Hominem OR straw man) AND fallacy

(false dichotomy OR  informal fallacy) 

fallacy of negotiation  


Another option is to use specific databases, see: Where can I find subject-specific or "special topics" databases in the APUS Library?

Access ProQuest  (use your credentials to log in)

               Search for a specific fallacy or related term, here is a search on Bothsiderism  

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ProQuest search on fallacy:  example:  bothsiderism  


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