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Evaluating sources: Authority

A guide to evaluating the credibility of the sources of information you use in your assignments.



  • Are the persons responsible for the resource clearly identified? 

  • Is contact information provided?

  • Are the authors recognised experts in their field?

  • Is there verifiable information about the author's credentials?

  • Is the publisher reputable and scholarly?


    As you become more familiar with your subject area you will become more aware of which publishers have more authority. 


For Online resources i.e. websites/web pages etc…


  • Is the web page provided by an individual, a business, a government department or an educational institution?
  • Is there an "about us" page which tells you who runs the site and what its purpose is?

Sources of authority

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