In this weeks article, we learnt the importance of evaluating website credibility as both students and individuals in our studies as well as our everyday lives/careers.
Anyone can create a website on the world wide web compiled with information that they choose regardless of whether they hold any education or knowledge in that field. (Evaluating Web Resources , 2013)
It is expected that one would be able to trust the credibility of a source if it has been written by someone with “expertise” (Fogg, 2003), such as a Doctor or a Professor or someone of a certain stature, pertaining that the resource is is in their chosen field of work. We can trust that the information that they have provided is credible as they have knowledge in the subject/field.
According to a study undertake by UCLA, recorded on Trent Moss’s website (founder of webcredible a consultancy focusing on website usability and accessibility), an astonishing “…52.8% of web users believe online information to be credible”. It shows that due to the number of false websites that are live on the internet, it is hard for people to be able to identify if they are authentic or not.
As students, it is extremely vital that we provide credible references and sources to back up our argument otherwise “Without credibility, sites are not likely to persuade users to change their attitudes or behaviors…”. If we cannot provide reputable resources to support our case, our argument will be groundless.
Evaluating Web Resources . (2013, January 14). Retrieved May 17, 2013, from Berry College Memorial Library: http://libguides.berry.edu/evaluatingweb
Fogg, B. J. (2003). Credibility and the World Wide Web. Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufman Publishers.
Moss, T. (2013, January 1). Web credibility: The basics. Retrieved May 17, 2013, from Webcredible: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web-credibility/basics.shtml