Answered By: Helen Hough Last Updated: Aug 23, 2016 Views: 267
The author's credentials, degrees and certifications, are usually listed on the article somewhere; often (a) after or below the author's name, (b) at the bottom of the first page, OR (c) just before the list of references.
We also have two databases that might serve useful for this type of case: Contemporary Authors and Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, both of which can be found at this link.
Sometimes, if these are not within the article, you might have to do an internet search and may find the information on the webpages at the author's place of employment (author affiliation). Reporting the author's place of employment may also be a relevant bit of information.
Rarely you might not be able to find out anything about the author, even after looking through the article and searching the internet. The lack of information would be important in this case.