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Evaluating Websites: Authority

This guide will assist students in evaluating websites before using them as sources.

Authority: The source of the information

  • Who is the author? What can you find about them in the source itself or through a web search?
  • Is the author a professor or other expert? Does she have a degree related to the topic? Has she written on the topic previously?
  • Is the author drawing from her own personal experience?
  • Has the information been reviewed in some way, such as by an editor or through peer review? Was it self-published or posted on a personal site?

 Would you buy a car from this man?

Monheit, D. (2012, February 1). A Day In The Life Of Responsible Agents.
     Retrieved October 13, 2015, from

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