Research Guide for

ENGC 1101 College Writing (Wardell)


What is Author Crediblity?

From Purdue Owl:
Who is the author? Credible sources are written by authors respected in their fields of study. Responsible, credible authors will cite their sources so that you can check the accuracy of and support for what they've written. (This is also a good way to find more sources for your own research.)

Evaluate Source Credibility

How do we find out more about our author?

You are looking for:
  • What the author is known for
  • What others say about the author
  • What are the author education and employment credential

Then also do a Google search of the author's name. Look for results from:
  • Newspaper (news site) Biographies
  • Other employment (Research Firms)
  • LinkedIn
  • Wikipedia
  • College or University Biography pages
  • Social Media pages which may have a biography or link to a biography in them
  • Personal Websites
  • Responses to what the author has written


Author Credibility Exercise

Worksheet (Click Here)


Group 1:
Allyson Chiu
How a four-day workweek could be better for the climate
Group 2:
Nina Lakhani
Why Climate Change Makes Hurricanes Like Ian Way More Dangerous

Group 3:
Ray Levy Uyeda
Decolonizing Regenerative Cattle Ranching

Group 4:
Daniel W. McNeil, Mary L. Marazita
No, it’s not just sugary food that’s responsible for poor oral health in America’s children, especially in Appalachia

Group 5:

Anna Rhodes and Max Besbris
How Hurricane Ian and other disasters are becoming a growing source of inequality even among the middle class

Find Business Sources (Rhetorical Analysis)

Business Insights (Gale)

Company histories, SWOT analyses, and financial reports. Industry profiles and market share reports.

Business E-book Collection (Gale)
Selected ebooks on business topics from Gale.

Find More Sources

ProQuest News & Newspapers

News articles from U.S. newspapers. Includes the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, and more.

Academic Search Premier (EbscoHost)
Articles in all subjects from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. An all-purpose database and often a good place to start.

Academic OneFile (Gale)
Academic OneFile (Gale)Articles in all subjects from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. An all-purpose database.

Scholarly articles and ebooks in the social sciences, humanities, earth and biological sciences, and more. Incorporates image results from Artstor.

Developing Keywords

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Keyword Worksheet

  Keyword Worksheet docx  

  Keyword Worksheet pdf  

Access Databases from Off Campus

Cite your Sources (MLA)

Cite Your Sources (APA)