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What's an authoritative source?
For your assignments in this course, Dr. Porterfield has asked that you use authoritative sources.
Evaluating a source can vary depending on where you find it. Below are questions that you can ask yourself to help you determine if a source is academic/authoritative.
Questions to Ask Yourself:
- Is the source scholarly or peer-reviewed?
- "Peer reviewed" (or "refereed") means that an article is reviewed by experts in that field before the article gets published.
- Where did the source come from?
- There are many three main types of periodicals: scholarly journals, trade publications, and popular (including magazines and newspapers)
- Who is the author/publisher?
- Is the author writing in their discipline or field of expertise?
- Is the publisher a professional organization?
Evaluating authority: Source location
- Who is the author?
- You may need to explore the website or do another search on the Internet.
- Are they qualified to write on the topic?
- Is the website created by a professional organization?
- Are there spelling, grammar, or other errors?
Wikipedia – Not Authoritative
- Can be a good starting place to help discover keywords to search to find more relevant articles in your database searches.