The credibility of websites that we use as information resources is extremely important, because we are basing our learning and understanding of concepts on these sources. As a student, we want to complete our courses but we also want to become proficient in the field we are interested in, and to achieve this we need to have confidence in the accuracy of the information we are basing our learning from. If we can have confidence in our online resources by confirming their credibility, learning the authors name, their credentials and their reputation than we can absorb the information provided to us without hesitation.
As a student studying a journalism major, the importance of credibility of my resources is paramount not only in terms of my learning, but also in terms of building good habits for professional life. Journalism students need to be able to determine what constitutes a credible website, and what doesn’t.
1. Laja, P., 39 Factors: Website Credibility Checklist, Accessed on the 23rd of May 2016 from http://conversionxl.com/website-credibility-checklist-factors/
2. Melissa, P., How Can I Tell If a Website is Credible?, (2013), Accessed on the 23rd of May 2016 from https://uknowit.uwgb.edu/page.php?id=30276