Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015 Views: 48
Evaluating a source by authority means that you are asking: Does the author have expertise on the topic about which he/she is writing?
When considering authority, ask yourself:
- Who is the author? Is he or she a subject expert on the topic? What are the author's credentials?
- Is the source sponsored or published by a reputable organization or institution?
- Is the author the original creator of the information?
Where should you look to determine the authority of a source?
|Print & Database Sources||Websites|
What to avoid:
- Authors who have no credentials or affiliations, no expertise on the topic
- Personal websites. These are usually indicated by the text (e.g. "Personal Homepage Of..."), by specific characters in the web address (e.g. the use of a tilde ~), or by a username in the web address (e.g. ~jsmith).
|EXAMPLES||QUESTIONS TO ASK|
|Eating Disorders||Is the author qualified to write about this topic?|
|Country Joe McDonald's Florence Nightingale Tribute||Is the author an expert, or a credible source of information?|
|Rooftop Gardens||Are you able to find information about the author? Is it a personal website?|
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