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It's A TRAP!

4. A is for Authority

A is for Authority

Table with four columns and five rows. Top rows read: T, R, A, and P. Each row beneath each letter shows a question mark. The A column is circled.

A stands for Authority. It helps you remember to evaluate the "who" of an information source. 

Watch the A is for Authority video to:

  • learn about authority
  • know what questions to ask when you are evaluating the authority of a source

Using the TRAP method

We've done T, and R. The third step in the TRAP method process is to evaluate the authority of a source—A.

You can ask these questions to check a source's authority: 


Stop and Think

 Will checking your source's relevance help you get a better grade on this assignment, or an upcoming assignment?

Librarian Tip

 If you don't know whether a source was created by someone with authority, ask your professor. You can call, send an email, or visit them during office hours.

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2020 2:38 PM