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English 111

Evaluating Credible Sources for Research

Experts & Authority

Discussion Questions:

What is a scholar? 

  • a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it : an intelligent and well-educated person who knows a particular subject very well (Source: )

Can we find scholars outside of colleges and universities? e.g. writers, journalists, doctors, lawyers, etc.

Can we find expertise and authoritative information in other formats than scholarly journals?

How do we evaluate and give authority to the work of scholars and experts?

Does the authority of particular work depend, in part, on how the work was created and the purpose for which it will be used?


Authoritative Articles and Media in other Formats

Use the questions on the Activity sheet to evaluate these sources. Think about the further research you will do to verify these sources as reliable and authoritative.

Scholarly Articles

Use the questions on the Activity sheet to evaluate a scholarly article:

1. Search in OneSearch one of these topics:  (a) Global Warming or (b) Solving Poverty 

2. Limit to "peer reviewed articles" (use the filter in the right hand column)

3. Select a scholarly article and open it to answer the questions on the Activity Worksheet.