An eyewitness that wrote his account some time after the event.
A survivor of the Titanic writes about the event after a generation.
A person with generalized expertise.
An article about smallpox that was written by a doctor that is not involved fulltime with this disease.
An article about a court case that was written by a lawyer that was not involved in this particular case.
A nationally or globally recognized news-source.
ABC, BBC, CBS,CBC, CNN, ESPN, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, NBC, The New York Times,
Newsweek, Time, USA Today, Wall St. Journal, etc.
Standard Reference Works
World Book Encyclopedia, Guinness Book of World Records, Webster's Dictionary, etc.
A nationally syndicated columnist that gives an opinion on a non-technical subject.
Examples of nationally syndicated columnists include: Dave Barry, David Broder, William F. Buckley,
Linda Chavez, Richard Cohen, Ann Coulter, Maureen Dowd, Matt Drudge, Larry Elder, Ellen Goodman,
Mark Helprin, David Horowitz, Inside The Beltway, Inside Politics, Inside The Ring, Molly Ivins, Jack Kemp,
Larry King, Dr. Laura, David Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh, Joe Lockhart, Michael Medved, Dick Morris,
Peggy Noonan, Oliver North, Robert Novak, Off The Record, Jim Pinkerton, Anna Quindlen, William Raspberry,
Dan Rather, Rex Reed, Charley Reese, Richard Reeves, Bill Safire, Tony Snow, Joe Sobran, Thomas Sowell,
Andrew Sullivan, Cal Thomas, Ray Thomas, George Will, Jeannie Williams, Walter Williams, and others.
An author who gives complete documentation of the original source when he or she uses material that was originally recorded elsewhere.
This means the source has a hypertext link that works or has a complete works cited entry of its original source .
Second-hand information can never score higher than 2.