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Technical Writing

Engineering 310

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Authority is constructed and contextual. 

  • Different types of Authority depending on the subject, situation, and societal situation.
  • Research tools and indicators of authority to determine the credibility of sources; understanding the elements that might temper credibility.
  • “standards” of authority by subject areas.  Engineering sources vs. gender-studies sources.
  • Understanding the social nature of the information ecosystem where authorities actively connect with one another and sources develop over time.

From the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy


C Currency
R Reliability
A Authority / Author
P Purpose


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