What authority or expertise does the author have? Can you find information about the author other than from the "about us" link on the website?
Wikipedia is often a good tool for investigating the background
Don't be fooled by titles such as doctor, or president, or chairman. Verify authorship and credentials.
If the author says he is an academic expert, is his or her degree in the same field as the subject of the information source? A geologist, for example, even a well- respected geologist, might not be the best resource for information about nutrition.
Is the information from a reliable source such as a respected
Will citing this expert add to the credibility of your argument?
Be very suspicious of dramatic claims.
Watch the video above. Use whatever methods you wish to gather information to examine this statement. Wikipedia would definitely be a good source.
"He was a member of the Communist Party during the Cold War.
So this is not exactly the guy I would listen to about Russia."
Your part in this exercise is to determine if this statement is true? Refer to the box at the top of this page as a guide for the kind of information you'll need to find to address this question. Not all of the questions will apply, but be as thorough as you can as you investigate. Keep track of where you get information to defend your point of view.
Do you think this statement from this source would add credibility to your argument?
You'll have about 8-10 minutes to look. I will then select someone from your group to tell the rest of the class what you have found.