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Evaluating Information: Authority
Who is supplying the content?
Who is the author? Who is the publisher?
What are the author's credentials?
Credentials do not provide authority across the board but apply to a specific area of expertise (e.g. an author with a PhD in Physiology is not necessarily qualified to write about parenting skills).
Is this a personal or official publication (or website)?
A personal publication / website is unlikely to include a rigorous review process and/or experts that act as editors. On the other hand, a sponsored publication / website is more likely to include a perspective that might lead to bias.
Has this source been cited?
Was it cited by any of your other sources (or your class readings)?
Evaluating Information: Accuracy
Authority & Accuracy
Explore the image below -- mouseover the targets to learn more about evaluating the authority and accuracy of information. This example uses a website, but the techniques can be applied to any source (e.g scholarly and popular articles, books, newspapers, trade publications, etc.).
"Amazing Facts." The Cleaner Earth Project. The Cleaner Earth Project, n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2013.