Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 2.4.2. Authority

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Authority describes the reliability and validity of sources used to inform the writing.

Definition (informal)

Authority: Says who?


For example, the Persuasive Essay Example uses a published textbook (i.e., Churchill et al, 2010) and peer-reviewed journal articles (i.e., Weinberg, 1989) written by experts in a relevant field to establish authority.

Resources (textbooks)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

Click on the link to access an online resource to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

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