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WRIT 1133 - Authority is Constructed and Contextual: Establishing Credibility

Establishing Credibility

Skim the two articles as if doing a first round of review to see if relevant to the broad topic, and determine why or why not. 


Specifically explore one element that would help determine whether the resource is credible or not.  What element did you choose, and how did you research to determine credibility?

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 Credibility

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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