Credibility Q2

Wikipedia is a widely used website, but the problem is that it is not a very trustworthy website. According to the actual Wikipedia website, “While some articles are of the highest quality of scholarship, others are admittedly complete rubbish. … use Wikipedia with an informed understanding of what it is and what it isn’t” (Moran,2011).

One of the main reasons this is true, is because you cant trust something when you dont even know who wrote it. Although there is a WIkipedia group which edits unreliable information, often the consensus is won by the contributor with the strongest agenda, not the one with the soundest, and most real information. (Moran,2011).

According to a survey there isnt much diversity among the editors, with about 87% of editors being male,thus the site falls short of “the sum of all human knowledge” (Moran, 2011), without the diversity pool it should have.

People also edit wikipedia pages with vicious style which can go undetected for months. This means you could be reading something that has no truth to it whatsoever, which is why Universities will not accept Wikipedia as a source for papers or assignments.

Finally  Wikipedia says itself says not to trust them, so its better to steer clear of it as a primary source.



Moran, M. (2011). The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Retrieved 27 May 2016, from


Evaluating Credibility Q1

Simply put, credibility can be defined as believability. Credible people are believable people; credible information is believable information.(Stanford, Makovsky, 2002)

As discussed by B.J Fogg in ‘Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do’, credibility plays a big role in a websites ability to persuade readers.(Fogg, 2003) If it wasnt for credibility how would a website convince the user to change their views or ways? Writer Karl Morgan states, “Knowing how to evaluate online sources is crucial to gathering the most current, relevant information for your research and establishing credibility in your writing.” (Morgan,2014)

When evaluating credibility a person will make an assessment on both trustworthiness and enterprise. The trustworthiness part of credibility is the supposed goodness or morality of a source. While the enterprise side of credibility is the supposed knowledge and skill of the source. The web has become the most ‘go to’ source for information, we rely on it and most of the time we really trust what it says,  and therefore it is imperative that we know how credible a source is. So from knowing this information it is safe to say that the most credible sources are those that are most trustworthy and have a high level of enterprise.

From my academic perspective, its very important when writing academic papers for university that the sources and information you use is credible. If the information is credible a student, like myself, will have a higher chance. For this reason it is important that students asses where they are getting information from and whether it is trustworthy. Getting sources off the universities inline library is a great start for receiving quality information.



Fogg, B. (2003). Chapter 7: Credibility and the World Wide Web | Engineering360. Retrieved 27 May 2016, from

Fogg, B. J. (2003). Credibility and the World Wide Web. In Persuasive Technology: Using Computes  to Change What We Think and Do (pp. 122‐181). Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann  Publishers.

Morgan, K. (2014). Why Is Credibility of Online Sources Important in Education?. Our Everyday Life. Retrieved 27 May 2016, from

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