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is the creator of the information?

or, using Internet lingo,

The Authority

  1. Who is responsible for this site and what are the author's credentials (education level, career, research practice)?
  2. Does the site have a link to information about the author?
  3. Can you contact the author by e-mail or, better yet, by a real-world postal address or phone number?

Practice your skill:

Look at the following Web pages that have information on anthrax as a biological weapon. Determine the WHO, and his or her authority. Download and print the worksheet from the previous page, and then record your answers under "Authority."

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If you cannot determine an author's credentials, do a search on his or her name on Google and see what unfolds.

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