When evaluating information, a crucial first step is to evaluate the author considering what makes the author an expert on the topic in which they are writing. Keep in mind the following attributes:
- Author Credentials:
Where does the author currently work and where did they have previous positions? When and Where were the degrees completed? What else has the author published and in what areas?
- Author Impact:
Is this author cited by other researchers? There are several sources for this information including Web of Science, ISI's Highly Cited, and COS Scholar Universe.
- Author Affiliations:
Is the author affiliated with a recognized institution or organization?