Authority and Reputation of the Source

The authority and reputation of the source of the information will depend on the expertise, reputation and status of the source.

Quality warning!

Worst case scenarios:

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: image

Clues to look for:


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