In a conversation on a particular topic, I want to ask the other person to provide online supporting documents about his views on the topic.

They may be websites or blogs or wiki etc, but they should have global acceptance. I mean those documents are hosted or run by a globally accepted consortium, or an enterprise or may be it belongs to some government.

In short, to provide online documents that have global acceptance for his views on that topic.

So what would be the appropriate word or phrase I should use to say this sentence?

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    The "standard literature"? The "official documentation"?
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 22, 2014 at 15:46
  • @DanBron hey thanks, official documentation seems better.
    – beginer
    Aug 22, 2014 at 15:48
  • Please do not use backticks or capitalization for emphasis: use italic instead. And ease up on the ugly bold. And perhaps spellcheck your username.
    – tchrist
    Aug 22, 2014 at 15:53
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    hehehyaha, alright @tchrist I'll be careful on formatting, but a beginer is always a beginer.
    – beginer
    Aug 22, 2014 at 16:03
  • "References" seems fitting... Aug 22, 2014 at 20:46

2 Answers 2


The word you want isn't official - it's...

"Please provide links to authoritative sources supporting your argument"

Obviously, authoritative there means considered to be accurate and knowledgeable by people who are themselves experts in the relevant field, not endorsed by some official body or "authority".

As has been stated, you can also use credible in such contexts, but I think most people would agree that's a more "loaded" term which tends to imply ...but be aware that I might classify your cited sources as "not credible" to me. The more neutral alternative is accredited, but that has the same problems as official (they're simply not appropriate terms for things like blogs and most public-access wikis, etc.).

  • I think it can be official for example a document on a Government's website.
    – beginer
    Aug 22, 2014 at 16:19
  • @FumbleFingers: how would you apply "authoritative" to the actual documents or literature? Somehow, "authoritative documentation" doesn't ring right to me.
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 22, 2014 at 17:34
  • @Dan Bron: I wouldn't use the word documentation in OP's context in the first place, since he wants it to include things like blogs. But authoritative sources is a very common collocation. Aug 22, 2014 at 18:18

I would say you are looking for "credible online references".

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