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ENG 102


Who wrote the page?

If there is no specific author, what is the name of the organization responsible for the site? You may need to "read laterally" to find this information.



What evidence is given that leads you to believe the author (or organization) is an expert on the topic?

How do they know?

Are they biased?




Authority Checklist

Authority Checklist


1. Find the name of the author or organization responsible for the site.

2. Read laterally:

  • Google the author/organization
  • What do other sites/authors/organizations say about that author/organization?
  • Make sure you do not use information from the original source/organization.