TOPIC 4 INFORMATION EVALUATION CRITERIA 157There are five evaluation and selection criteria that you can use to evaluate and select the information that you have gathered. These criteria are authority, accuracy and reliability, objectivity, currency and scope. They are the focus of this fourth topic. Hopefully by the end of this topic, you will able to use them in completing your assignments and other coursework. AUTHORITYFirstly, what does authority mean? In the case of searching information for your assignment and other course works, authority refers to mastery in execution or performance, as of a work of art or literature or a piece of music (WordReference.com online dictionary, 2016). In terms of evaluating information for academic purposes, it is highly recommended that we use information from the experts with professional background. Therefore, ask yourself if the author (personal or corporate) is an authority on the subject. It would be best to look at the authorÊs credentials which can be found on the back page or on the jacket of the book. In the case of the Internet, authorship should be a major criterion. Here are some suggestions on what you need to do in the case of the Internet: (a)Check out who has placed the information on the Web. Look for the name of the author. Is there information on his professional background? (b)Check links from other documents for the authorÊs credentials and authority on the topic. (c)Examine the URL to get to the authority behind it, whether it is a personal Web directory or an organisationÊs official website. In the case of corporate authors, ask yourself if the corporation is directly responsible for the publication of the content. Be discerning and learn to distinguish between authoritative information and commercial information.