Week 4, Question 1

The Importance of Web Credibility as a Student

Web Creditability is extremely important as a student. One of the main aims of a university education is developing a student’s ability to conduct academic research which provides a foundation for further education. Failing to use credible online resources could result in a reduction of marks or failed grade. For example, listing Wikipedia as my only reference for each of these blog posts would likely result in a unit fail as it is against the assignment policy to use Wikipedia as a resource.

Aside from grades, it’s important to be able to extract the most credible information from the web purely so a student’s knowledge is as correct as it can be. In the modern day, anyone can post on the web for free, more information and resources are more easily accessible and nearly anyone can access authorship. This raises issues of credibility, further exacerbated by the fact that most websites aren’t monitored for credibility (Metzger, 2007, p.1).

With such an overload of information, it is important that students learn to identify credible sources so that their work has a degree of credibility. The Stanford Web Credibility Project was one of the largest projects analysing what gives a website the impression of credibility. Elements of credibility found included “Use restraint with any promotional content”, “Make your site easy to use, and useful.” and “avoid errors of all types.” (Fogg, 2002). This project created a guideline for websites meaning that more websites now appear more credible, although their actual credibility is still a hard line to define.



Fogg, B. J. (2002). Stanford guidelines for web credibility. Res. Sum. Stanford Persuasive Tech. Lab.

Metzger, M. J. (2007). Making sense of credibility on the Web: Models for evaluating online information and recommendations for future research. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology58(13), 2078-2091.


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