Source Evaluation: Authors
- Remember! Sources are PEOPLE, not THINGS!
- What does the author want me to think?
- What does the author want me to feel?
- What does the author want me to believe?
- What does the author want me to do?
- Corporations and organizations are “people.”
- Is the author well qualified to be writing about the topic?
- What is his/her education on the topic being written about?
- Is the world’s leading foot doctor well qualified to write about the history of China?
- Does the author have specific work or special life experience?
- Do sites that you know are authoritative link to the author’s content?
- Does the author have a specific bias or strong prejudice for one side of an issue or another?
How can you find out?
- Go to an “About the Author” type of page.
- Google the author’s name.
- Search Wikipedia for the author.
- Read other works/sites created by the author.
- See if you can locate other people’s opinions about the author and his/her work.