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ENG101: College Writing (McGuire): Exploring your Problem

Identifying the Authority on your Topic

We've identified the stakeholders of your social problem (those most affected), but we need to identify the main authorities on your topic. Knowing who to consult for credible information is one of the most important things in research.

What is Authority?

"Information resources reflect their creators' expertise and credibility" (ACRL 2015).

This essentially means that the resource you're looking at and using as a source of your research reflects the authors' credibility and expertise in the topic. This means you, too. When you incorporate expert research and sources in your papers, that reflects on your credibility as well.

Authority can be constructed through subject expertise (scholarship), social position (public office), and experience (participation in an event).

Who might be an authority on the topic of felony disenfranchisement and where will they be publishing their work?