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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

Searching for Information about the Author(s)

 Authority: source

  • Who is the author/publisher? What are his/her/their credentials?

Strategies for finding information about the author:

  • Does the publication provide information about the author, such as the institution with which they are affiliated?
    • Search for that institution and look for the author in the directory
      • Look for a CV and list of publications
  • Do a Google search on the author's name
    • Look for a CV, LinkedIn page, etc.

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:

Brian Mockenhaupt, “Veterans tackle another objective: Elite colleges,” Washington Post, Nov 26, 2018, B2.


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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