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How do I find the credentials and experience of an author? Also, how do I know if my website is scholarly? I have to have 2 scholarly websites

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How do I find the credentials and experience of an author? Also, how do I know if my website is scholarly? I have to have 2 scholarly websites on Millennials and Boomers in the workplace.

Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2017     Views: 53

Hello,

If this assignment is for AS111, the assignment was clarified to ask for a reliable website, not a scholarly one. What you really need is a credible, reliable web site. Scholarly and reliable are two different ideas. 

A source that is scholarly will be reliable. Scholarly sources are (as you know from our video at http://www.screencast.com/t/9F6j6Qv89e !) are evaluated based on the credentials of the author, the intended audience, the level of vocabulary used, the amount of background knowledge needed to understand the content, and the presence of references. Therefore a scholarly web site would be written by PhDs, Masters, or other researchers for PhDs, Masters, or other researchers, using a college level vocabulary. It would require an advanced understanding of the subject to comprehend the information, and it would include references.

A reliable source may not be scholarly. A source can be evaluated for its reliability using our sources at http://libguides.brenau.edu/webeval or http://www.screencast.com/t/SHVwurpjEnHR .

There are relatively few scholarly web sites that do not use journal articles or book chapters as their content. Given the extreme rarity of true scholarly web sites (scholarly content formatted originally as an informative web site), I suggest you search for scholarly books and journal articles or search for a reliable web site. It is highly unlikely that your target exists.

If you need to, feel free to have your professor contact me for more information on scholarly web sites.

To find a reliable web site on millennials and boomers in the workplace (a really interesting topic!) I Googled millennials and boomers and workplace. The first result was Managing Millennials And Boomers In The Workplace, a guest post at Forbes.com. To determine whether the source is reliable, I click to it and look for an "About Us" links on the site that will give me information about the sources behind the publication. In this case, Forbes is so well known that it doesn't have an "about" link. An alternative would be googling for information on the publication. I can also evaluate it based on the checklist from the video linked above. That helps with the source of the web site, but what if the author is different from the source? In this case, Forbes includes a link to the author's company (he is CEO). That link takes me to the company's site. Scrolling down to the bottom of the page, I see a small link labeled "company". Clicking that link takes me to a page where I see another link, "about us". That link has the information I need to see that the author is who he says he is, and that this is a major company. (In fact, Brenau owns some of its technology.) That tells me he is a respected source, knowledgeable about managing many different kinds of people.

If there had not been a link to the company, I would have Googled him to find reliable information about him. The whole idea is not to take stuff on the web at face value, because anyone can post anything.

If you have further questions, please let us know!

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