Looking at the rubric, the wording for a student’s sources is “includes references to at least three recent, authoritative sources.” At the most recent workshop, we discussed that the Explore task rubric does not currently have the wording of needing to be “recent” and “authoritative,” but that rubric guidelines changed last year while grading, therefore students should adhere to those rules despite not being explicitly stated.
My question becomes: how recent is “recent” and what is considered “authoritative”? We discussed .gov and .edu sites being considered authoritative, but what else can be? With many recent innovations, I’m not sure students can always find information on theirs on a .gov or .edu site. Can reputable technology sites or article writers who list their credentials in the technology world be considered “authoritative”?
For example, if a student is using Kickstarter for their paper, is Kickstarter’s information page considered an authoritative source? (https://www.kickstarter.com/help/stats?ref=global-footer)