The authority and reputation of the source of the
information will depend on the expertise, reputation and status of the
on the Internet the source of the information may not always be made explicit
information may not always be correctly attributed
anyone can publish anything on the Internet, so compared
with a bookstore or a library you will find lots more information based
on personal opinion rather than fact
If you use a search engine to find resources on say, "parapsychology",
you will find sites from a variety of sources. Some will be created
by university professors who have spent years scientifically studying the
subject, others may be written by home enthusiasts who enjoy ghost hunting
as a hobby and who are trying out their HTML skills. Imagine
wasting hours trawling through sites that are not from the kind of sources
you are interested in. By asking yourself "who has created
this?" early on in your exploration you could save a lot of time.
Detecting the Authority and Reputation
of the Source
Questions to ask:
who is the author?
who has published it on the Internet?
how reputable are the author and publisher?
how reputable is the origin of any data or information?
can cross checks be made to verify that the author and publishers stated
Clues to look for:
author and publisher details
details of the origin of any data or information
contact details such as email and postal addresses for the author and publisher
email addresses which support claims of authorship