Authority

I found this great website once and was planning to use it in my research paper. When I looked closer, I found a 6th grade class had put it together! Now, I look closely at who the author is for each source I use to make sure I am using information from an expert.

Ask yourself these questions:
  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
  • For web sites, does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? (i.e., .com, .edu, .gov, .org)

Which article do you think has more authority? Click to choose.

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