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WRIT 1133 - Authority is Constructed and Contextual: Home

Criteria for Evaluating Author's Authority

How do you investigate an author’s authority on a topic?

•Educational background
•Community affiliations
•Work experience
•Support their claims with others’ research

Authority is Contextual


•What did you discover?


•Any interesting revelations?


•Is authority context based?


Evaluating Authority of Authors

Group 1 - College sports fans

Scholarly Article:

Rudd, Andy, and Brian S. Gordon. "An Exploratory Investigation of Sportsmanship Attitudes Among College Student Basketball Fans." Journal Of Sport Behavior 33, no. 4 (December 2010): 466-488.

Newspaper Article:

Mallozzi, Vincent M. "At Cornell, Catch of the Day Is Always Best on Ice." New York Times, November 05, 2006., 10.


Group 2 - GI Bill

Scholarly Article:

Lisa Pinley Covert

“The GI Bill Abroad: A Postwar Experiment in International Relations”

Diplomatic History. Apr 2016, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p244-268.


News Article:

T. Reese Shapiro

(2017, Jul 19). “Bill expands tuition help for veterans.”

The Washington Post


Group 3 - Study Abroad

Scholarly Article:

Luo, Jiali and Jamieson-Drake, David

“Predictors of Study Abroad Intent, Participation, and College Outcomes”

Research in Higher Education. Feb2015, Vol. 56 Issue 1, p29-56.


News Article:

“Study Abroad's Seven Deadly Sins”

Coclanis, Peter A.

New York Times, 10 Apr 2016: ED.6.


Group 4 - Student Housing


Scholarly Article:

“Does It Matter Where College Students Live? Differences in Satisfaction and Outcomes as a Function of Students' Living Arrangement and Gender.”

Larry D. Long

Journal of College & University Student Housing. 2014, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p66-85


News Article:

Alison Leigh Cowan and David Walter

“Dorm rooms with bragging rights.”

New York Times, May 28, 2010, A16

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