Due to the added ease of setting up a non-profit website the perception of these organisations has changed. There are many issues which may affect people perception of web creditability in the future like how it effected these organisations:
- With the ease of being able to create a website people are becoming more sceptical about what sites they use and browse.
- With the increase in web fraud people are wary of sites they do not know or have never visited.
- The added number of sites makes it harder to verify its credibility so people are more likely to write sites off without a throughout check of their resources and experts.
With most websites only credible sources can be used to publish information however with Wikipedia that is not the case. Wikipedia is peer reviewed and should never be used as a credible source because of the simple fact that anyone can post information on any topic if they want to. Even the disclaimer of the site warns people that the information on the site may not be accurate and that posters and add and edit any and all information on the website.
There is a considerable risk when using Wikipedia, even as a brief overview of a topic, because its posts are not reviewed by experts however that is not to say it should never be used.Wikipedia should be used as a spring board rather than a credible source. It is useful as a source of a brief overview and with help finding other, more reputable, sources. By doing so you can verify the information you have gathered and are able to critically analyse it for yourself, without doing so you run the risk of ruining your own research with faulty or untrue information.
Harvard Guide to using sources. Retrieved from: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k70847&pageid=icb.page346376
Andrew Orlowski. (2006) Avoid Wikipedia, warns Wikipedia chief. Retrieved from: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/15/wikipedia_can_damage_your_grades/
It is important to verify the credibility of a website for many different reasons, the most prevalent being that we have no idea if the information on the website is accurate. When researching a particular topic, whether it is for university, high school or in the work place, it is vitally important to make sure the information you are gathering in correct and accurate (Walsh, 2012). Otherwise the researcher may use outdated information and pass on these inaccuracies and making the situation worse.
It is also important, in the interest of fairness, to make sure a website is written by someone, not only with the correct qualifications to discuss the topic, but is also the true author of the information. It is quite easy for someone to steal or plagiarise another persons work and pass it of as their own as such we should be careful to vet the author in order to be able to cite the correct person (Morgan, 2017). This is important for two reasons; to make sure we give the correct author credit for their research and time and so our own work is not seen as plagiarism. Without the correct reference someone could be inadvertently plagiarising.
It is also important because some sites, such as Wikipedia, are peer reviewed. As a rule peer reviewed sites should be avoided because they can be changed and altered by the public who may have no idea what they are talking about, making the information inaccurate at best and completely false at worse.
In order to use the most accurate information it is vital to know the credibility of a website before using it as a source of information.
Kori Morgan. (2017) Why Is Credibility of Online Sources Important in Education? Retrieved from: http://oureverydaylife.com/credibility-online-sources-important-education-7012.html
Kelly Walsh (2012) The Importance of Source Evaluation and Content Credibility Skills for Today’s Students. Retrieved from: http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/05/the-importance-of-source-evaluation-and-content-credibility-skills-for-todays-students/