literary warrant

n. A justification or authorization found in text. A written requirement.


This glossary, for example, uses more than 6,000 citations from professional literature as literary warrant1 for its definitions.


Duff 1998, p. 91 The University of Pittsburgh Electronic Recordkeeping Project suggested that requirements for electronic recordkeeping should derive from authoritative sources, such as the law, customs, standards, and professional best practices accepted by society and codified in the literature of different professions concerned with records and recordkeeping rather than developed in isolation. . . . These statements, or 'literary warrant'2 as the project named them, delineate the requirements for capturing, maintaining, and using records over time.