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Types of Authority

Types of Authority


Professional Work

Organizational Affiliation

Personal Experience

advanced degrees, study or research in a field

experience working in a field

employed or affiliated with professional organization, media outlet, or publication

first-hand life experience




Fact checking

These websites can help you fact check information you find on the web, in the media, and elsewhere.


Sample Sources - Banned Books

Sample Sources - Student Loan Forgiveness

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