Source Evaluation & Annotated Bibliographies: AUTHORITY of a Source

Authority of a Source

Who is behind this source? What makes them or their organization an appropriate expert on this topic?


  1. Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  2. What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  3. Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
  4. Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address? 
  5. Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net