One of the most important indicators of the quality of a source is who authored (wrote) the information. Most reputable publications (including quality Web sources) provide you with some information about the author or reporter. Some web sites may hold interesting information but may not have credible contributors. Some may even have a bad reputation because of their outlandish claims. Learning more about the author (which may be represented as an individual, a group of individuals, a corporation, or an institution) will allow you to make an informed decision on whether the website you are using is credible.