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SWK 640: Advanced Social Policy: Home

Important Concepts

Evaluating Authority

In evaluating information the concept of Authority refers to the both the author's and publisher's credibility.  Why is/are the author(s) qualified to create this particular information? Why is the publisher credible for this topic?

To help evaluate this:

  •      Look for information about the author within the information itself
  •      Search for examples of other writing by the author
  •      See if the author is cited in other information you have found
  •      Google the author's name to see if you find a resume or CV
  •      Google the publisher to find out their focus (look for "about" statements)
  •       If the information is published in a journal, find out if they are peer reviewed, and their "impact" (Journal Citation Reports)

How to Spot Fake News

Can you tell real news from fake news? Play Factitious to find out!

Finding LTEs and OpEds

Maine Policies


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