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ENGL 110 Introduction to Academic Writing -- Stan: Home

Following this session...

Students will be able to:

  • identify resources available to them at Addlestone Library
  • critically evaluate the authority and credibility of different types of sources and authors
  • effectively search for credible sources and revise search strategies as needed


Who has knowledge about your rhetorical situation?

How do they know what they know?

What makes them an expert?

What kind of expertise do they have?

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Love, Rebekah. "Information Literacy Principles: Authority is Constructed and Contextual." YouTube, uploaded by Rebekah L, 7 July 2016,

ACRL Frame

According to the Association of College & Research Libraries, authority is constructed and contextual. Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.

"Authority is Constructed and Contextual." Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Association of College & Research Libraries, 11 Jan. 2016,

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