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United States History: Author Credentials

American history resources and web sites for United States History I and II

Finding Author Credentials

Knowing the author’s background is important in deciding how reliable or biased a book might be.

  • Has the author written on this topic before?
  • Does his or her background indicate expertise or bias?
  • What is his or her educational and employment background?

Look in the book

Often within the book there is an “about the author” page, usually at the end of the book. If the book has a paper jacket, this information is often on the flap in the back of the book. Sometimes it’s on the back cover. Sometimes the library has pasted it on the inside back cover.

Look them up on the web. Beware of unreliable or out of date information.

Library sources

These sources are library databases. If you're off campus, your ACC eID will allow access.

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