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Information & Research Literacy at UST: Framework 1: Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Framework 1 in context

Authority is Constructed & Contextual

Authority of information depends on where a source comes from, information need, and how the information will be used. It is both constructed and contextual. Authority should be viewed with an attitude of informed skepticism and an openness to new perspectives, additional voices, and changes in schools of thought.


Evaluate information sources
Determine relevance and credibility

Establish/apply evaluation criteria

Understand scholarly vs non-scholarly resources

Learning Outcomes (Situating information in context)

  • Identify markers of authority recognized by disciplines, professions, and other communities of knowledge and practice
  • Debate the ways privilege influences perception of authority
  • Acknowledge that they themselves may be seen as an authority in particular contexts
  • Identify authoritative information sources based on information need