How do you establish authority?
- Define it.
- Understand how it relates to your research.
- Recognize the different types of authority.
- Locate and use information sources that reflect different types of authority in your essay.
- Authority is a type of influence or knowledge recognized or exerted within a community.
Understand how it relates to your research-
- You need both formal and informal authoritative sources in order to deepen your knowledge of your topic (remember the example from your book). You're going to leverage the authority - the experience and expertise - of your sources to become an authority on the topic yourself. This research assignment is about borrowing and making use of other people's knowledge to enhance your own.
Recognize the different types of authority-
- Individual - your own experience, knowledge, insight, interest
- what do you bring to the topic already?
- Informal (community or experience-based) - lived day-to-day experiences, passions, insights, and conversations
- who are the people associated with your topic?
- Formal (scholarly or expert-based) - published studies, journal articles, scientists, etc.
- who are the people studying your topic?
Locate and use information sources that reflect the different types of authority in your essay-
- Look for informal or experience-based authoritative sources on the open web in discussion forums, Google searches, Twitter and other social platforms, etc.
- Look for formal or expert-based authoritative sources in scholarly journals, academic databases, published books, scientific studies, etc.
Share one information source with the class here!
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